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Mahfud leaves MK with controversies

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 24 2012   /  09:00 am

Back to school: Constitutional Court chief justice Mahfud MD explains his intention to return to being a lecturer when his tenure ends in April 2013. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)Constitutional Court (MK) chief justice Mahfud MD, who announced on Wednesday that he would not throw his hat in the ring for another term, seems bent on going out with a bang.

In almost five years under his leadership, the court has made some progressive decisions that have garnered both praise and resentment.

Notable lawyer and activist Todung Mulya Lubis said that the court has supported reform by issuing a ruling that strengthens the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) authority.

The court ruled in August that the antigraft body was justified in investigating the driving simulator procurement scandal at the National Police Traffic Corps. The decision came amid mounting tensions between the ...