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Jakarta Post

The best show of people power since May 1998

  • Wimar Witoelar

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 5 2009   /  10:15 am

KPK deputies Bibit and Chandra were released from detention. National Police chief of detectives Susno Duadji is likely to be removed. Could the National Police chief and Attorney General be next in a debacle of misconduct and cover-ups?In dramatic developments witnessed by millions on live television, it is the Indonesian version of Watergate. From a small crime by clumsy amateurs, the cover-up became worse than the crime and leads to collapse – and rise of reformers, we hope. Bad elements in the National Police staged a vendetta against the KPK (Corruption Eradication Commission), cynically flaunting the power they were used to holding in the old days. The bad police overplayed their strength by foolishly trying to “criminalize” top KPK officials, regarded by many as a step to dislodge the entire anti-corruption agency.The public reacted admirably in a display of people power, us...