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Jakarta Post

House calls for new anticorruption chief

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 6 2009   /  09:40 am

The legislature is seeking to immediately replace disgraced Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Antasari Azhar, who has been detained by police for his alleged role in the murder of a businessman. The move came as another distraction for the House of Representatives, which is racing against time to finish a corruption court bill by its December deadline. Legislators were also intent on replacing Antasari even though under the law the KPK members instantly become non-active when named suspect in a criminal case. The 2002 law also states that the President must permanently dismiss any KPK member that  stands trial for a crime. The House has very limited time to pass numerous other crucial bills, including one on public service, before its five-year term ends Sept. 30. The House demanded Tuesday that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono dismiss Antas...