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Jakarta Post

State officials the most corrupt in 2017: KPK

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 27, 2017   /   07:21 pm
State officials the most corrupt in 2017: KPK Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairperson Basaria Pandjaitan (right), together with KPK investigators, shows Rp 4.7 billion (US$ 347,330) in bribes seized during a sting in Jambi on Nov. 29. (Antara/Reno Esnir)

The majority of individuals arrested by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in 2017 were high echelon state officials, the antigraft body has reported.

KPK data released on Wednesday said 43 out of the 120 people arrested by the KPK on allegations of corruption and bribery throughout the year were state officials.  

Businesspeople, as well as lawmakers and regional councillors were in second and third place with 27 and 20 people arrested, respectively.

Last year, state officials stood in fourth place, with 10 individuals arrested by KPK investigators. In total, the KPK arrested 99 individuals from different backgrounds in 2016.  

KPK deputy chairman Laode Muhammad Syarif said state officials were the most prone to corrupt practices on account of their authority.

“This [number] could also show that the public has better awareness and are filing reports more against corrupt officials in a number of regions,” Laode added.

The year 2017 was a busy one for the commission with 19 operations that led to the arrest of 72 suspects, including eight regional heads. The KPK has also recovered around Rp 2.9 trillion (US$203 million) in stolen state assets this year. (ipa)