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Manpower shortage hampers KPK investigations

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 13, 2019   /  05:39 pm
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Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) head Agus Rahardjo (right) and his deputy Saut Situmorang (left) attend a hearing held by House of Representatives’ Commission III on legal affairs on Sept. 11. The hearing was aimed at getting updates on the KPK’s performance. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

The Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) latest move in naming a new suspect in a graft case related to the disbursement of Bank Indonesia Liquidity Support (BLBI) might have given the general public new hope that the commission will open more high-profile cases or, at least, solve old and unsolvable cases in the future. Such hope, however, has been dismissed by the antigraft body itself, with the KPK stating it might need more time to work on more cases due to limited manpower in its investigation team. On Monday, the KPK announced that it had named Sjamsul Nursalim, the owner of Bank Dagang Negara Indonesia (BDNI), and his wife Itjih, as suspects in a corruption case pertaining to irregularities surrounding the BLBI disbursement. The case had caused Rp 4.58 trillion (US$321 million) in state losses, making it one of the biggest corruption cases handled by the KPK. ...