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Jakarta Post

Commissioner to clean up law enforcement

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 15 2010   /  09:46 am

The new draft Criminal Law Procedure Code (KUHAP) has had the new post of “Justice Commissioner” included to help improve law enforcement.  A member of the draft formulation team, Luhut M.P. Pangaribuan, said Wednesday the Justice Commissioner’s office would monitor, supervise and control all of the investigation processes conducted by police and prosecutors.The aim is to eradicate the misuse of power occurring in the process of compiling evidence and witnesses due to a lack of supervision. “The power of investigators is too extensive and very dangerous for the constitutional rights of people,” he said, adding that, under the current code, evidence gathered was treated as the exclusive property of the police and prosecutors. He pointed out that under the current code anyone could be named a suspect without any clear legal reasons. He also expressed concern over some of the...