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Jakarta Post

Experts want prosecutor watchdog strengthened

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 29 2010   /  09:00 am

Legal experts are calling for the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) Commission to be granted the power to investigate and punish law-breaking prosecutors.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono recently summoned former attorney general Hendarman Supandji to discuss ways to strengthen the commission to improve the AGO, which is widely perceived as corrupt.

Uli Parulian Sihombing from the Indonesian Legal Resources Center said the commission’s authority had to be extended to making “executable decisions” on prosecutors who violated rules.

“The commission must be given the authority to hand down binding decisions in ethics trials of prosecutor,” Uli said.

The commission’s mandate is currently limited to providing recommendations to the attorney general based on public reports regarding the work of prosecutors.

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