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Jakarta Post

KPK, govt at loggerheads over wiretapping

Irawaty Wardany and Novan Iman Santosa
Jakarta   ●   Fri, December 4 2009

The government and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) are still in dispute on the planned government regulation on lawful interception with the KPK concerned by the complex bureaucracy it would have to face prior to wiretapping.

"We have several objections to the idea. First, the obligation to get approval *from the district court* to wiretap, and secondly, the establishment of the interception body," KPK legal bureau head Khaidir Ramli said Thursday.

He said considering the complex bureaucracy here, it was not a good idea to oblige the KPK to get court approval, as "we have to be quick when we need to wiretap".

"If, for example, legal enforcers wanted to wiretap terrorists, it is possible bombs would have already exploded before the permission to wiretap was secured," he said.

"Plus, the more parties that know about a planned wiretap, the high...

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