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Most antigraft judge applicants unqualified, mediocre: Watchdogs

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 15 2016   /  08:54 am

The Supreme Court must be cautious in selecting the next ad hoc judges for corruption courts, as most applicants were mediocre or unqualified, antigraft watchdogs said.

Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) researcher Aradila Caesar said recently the team recommended three candidates to the court, out of 62 evaluated. There are 23 more candidates that the team has not yet evaluated.

“Only three of them are qualified to be judges for a corruption court. They are from Padang, Medan and Jakarta,” he said, adding that the other 49 candidates were ineligible and 10 were mediocre.

The evaluations are based on the candidates’ integrity, independence and competence, all of which have sub-indicators.

Aradilla said that integrity meant the candidates have never been defense lawyers for graft convicts, while competence refers to the requirement of at least 15 years of...