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Jakarta Post

Activist, public figures defend KPK

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 23, 2015   /  03:36 pm

A number of public figures and activists went to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters in Kuningan, South Jakarta, on Friday to show support for the antigraft body and its deputy chairman, Bambang Widjojanto, who was arrested by the National Police on Friday morning.

Showing their support were former law and human rights deputy minister Denny Indrayana, prominent actor and comedian Butet Kertaredjasa, Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Jakarta) executive director Bahrain, Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) coordinator Haris Azhar, Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) researcher Emerson Yuntho, Two Finger Salute (Salam Dua Jari) supporter Fadjroel Rachman, Jesuit priest Franz Magnis Suseno and Wahid Institute executive director Yenny Wahid, the daughter of late president Abdurrahman '€œGus Dur'€ Wahid.

They called on President Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo to immediately step in and take action in the dispute between the National Police and the antigraft body.

'€œWe want Jokowi to ensure that the KPK can work normally to fight corruption,'€ Ade Irawan from the ICW said as quoted by Antara news agency, adding that Jokowi was responsible for the dispute.

He said the dispute was sparked when the KPK named National Police chief hopeful Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan a graft suspect in connection with fat bank accounts in his name.

The President then suspended the inauguration of Budi as the new police chief pending a KPK investigation into the case. The President instead appointed deputy police chief Comr. Gen. Badrodin Haiti as acting police chief until the KPK completes its investigation into Budi. (nfo)(++++)

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