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KPK appoints new investigation chief

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 21, 2018   /   09:05 am
KPK appoints new investigation chief Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Agus Rahardjo (left) accepts a token of support from a coalition of civil society groups that initiated a petition against the inclusion of articles on corruption in the Criminal Code (KUHP) bill. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) welcomed on Thursday Sr. Comr. Panca Putra Simanjuntak, who replaced Brig. Gen. Aris Budiman as investigation chief.

Panca, who previously served as the general crimes vice director of the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim), was inaugurated at the KPK’s office alongside Eko Marjono and Arif Waluyo, who filled the positions of monitoring director and financial planning head, respectively.

KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo said the newly inaugurated officials had passed a series of selection tests.  When asked about the potential for disagreement between the working committee and the internal body, since the committee consisted of a police member, Agus said he was not concerned about any possible issues. 

“From time to time, the investigation chief position is filled by a member of the police. I don’t think there are any differences from last year,” he said on Thursday.

While serving as investigation chief in 2017, Aris was in the media spotlight for breaching the commission’s code of ethics when he attended a meeting between the KPK and the House of Representatives.