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52 lawmakers plan European junket to study black magic laws

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 23 2013   /  08:28 am

In another example of the House of Representatives’ laser-like focus on the nation’s problems, 52 lawmakers are planning several European trips to examine laws on black magic and cohabitation, among other things.

The lawmakers and eight staffers involved in revising the Criminal Code (KUHP) will visit France, the Netherlands, Russia and the UK to examine how those nations have developed similar laws.

The enormous delegation — comprising just under 10 percent of the House — will travel for five days from April 14 to 19. The junket’s price tag travel has been tipped at Rp 6.5 billion (US$667,212), according to the Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency (FITRA), a state budget watchdog.

Lawmakers and the central government will soon begin deliberations to the Criminal Code, which observers have said needs to be revised and updated.

The draft revision...