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KPK justifies wiretapping activities despite House claim

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 5, 2017   /   04:40 pm
KPK justifies wiretapping activities despite House claim Save the KPK Coalition members wearing superhero costumes hold a rally to show support for the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) during a Car Free Day event in Jakarta on April 16. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said Tuesday that its wiretapping activities were justified under the law despite doubts by members of the House of Representatives on the legality of the method used.

“We have used records [from wiretapping] as evidence in trials. The [Jakarta corruption] court has acknowledged the evidence’s validity,” KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah told reporters.

He added that the KPK’s wiretapping procedures were in line with Article 12 of the 2002 KPK Law. The article allows the KPK to wiretap conversations during investigations into graft suspects.

Febri’s claim was in response to House efforts to prove that the anti-graft body had breached the law when investigating and prosecuting suspects. The House has set up a special committee to look into the matter.

In its inquiry into the KPK, the committee has consulted with the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) to obtain financial reports of the anti-graft body in order to look for possible financial mismanagement.

The committee also plans to interview graft convicts at Sukamiskin Penitentiary in Bandung, West Java and the Pondok Bambu Women’s Penitentiary in East Jakarta on Thursday to uncover possible violations in investigations by the KPK. (kuk/ika)