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Lawmakers want KUHAP to restrict KPK’s powers

  • Margareth S. Aritonang and Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 23 2013   /  09:58 am

Several lawmakers supported a clause in the Criminal Code Procedures (KUHAP) bill that would make it harder for the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to conduct wiretapping.

The bill would require KPK investigators to secure a warrant from a judge before it could tap the telephone conversations of people suspected of corruption.

“The KPK is no angel. With such a great power, it [could grow] corrupt just like any other institution. It is important to limit its power to wiretap to prevent abuse,” Achmad Dimyati Natakusumah, a lawmaker from the United Development Party (PPP), said on Friday.

Dimyati claimed that such a move did not aim to weaken the KPK, which in many investigations relied on its power to tap graft suspects.

Al Muzamil Yusuf of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) concurred with Dimyati, saying that the KPK was not immune to abuses of p...