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Adultery second-most common ethics breach by Indonesian judges

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, October 19, 2017   /  10:41 am
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Penalties have been handed down to a total of 48 judges since 2009, which includes 16 cases of adultery and 23 gratuity cases(Shutterstock/File)

Bribery cases implicating judges have repeatedly put the country’s judiciary in the spotlight, raising concern about impartiality for years. What is less known, however, is that adultery is the second-most common type of ethics violation tainting the courts of law. An analysis of cases handled by a joint ethics panel of the Judicial Commission (KY) and the Supreme Court (MA) reveals that penalties have been handed down to a total of 48 judges since 2009, which includes 16 cases of adultery and 23 gratuity cases. Another five cases involve disciplinary problems, three others drug abuse and one concerns document forgery. Many of the extramarital affairs involved judges working at courts far from their families, the commission has found. Abdul Rahman, a 33-yearold judge at a religious court in Labuha in North Maluku, is the latest judge to be dismissed, after the ethics panel...