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Jakarta Post

Fears rekindled over alleged ploy to undermine KPK

  • Bagus Tama Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 11 2010   /  09:35 am

Observers are wary of institutionalized efforts to debilitate the fight against corruption, citing recent setbacks that have weakened the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).The latest blow came when KPK deputies Bibit Samad Rianto and Chandra M. Hamzah saw a request for a review of their corruption trial turned down by the Supreme Court. Experts had argued that the request, submitted by the Attorney General’s Office, had been legally weak in the first place.However, KPK spokesman Johan Budi said the court’s ruling did not necessarily remove Bibit and Chandra from their posts.He said Sunday the two deputies were still needed by the anticorruption body. “When they were suspended after being declared suspects by the police, our performance declined significantly.”Constitutional law expert Saldi Isra said the AGO’s weak cessation letter and its inevitable overturning added cre...