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‘Taliban’ allegations deepen KPK rift

  • Kharishar Kahfi and Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, June 17, 2019   /  08:20 am
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We are with KPK: A group of activists stage a rally in front of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building in Kuningan, South Jakarta, 500 days after an acid attack against KPK investigator Novel Baswedan.(The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

Protests have emerged against a plan to purge the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK)  of conservative Muslims, with  critics slamming it as another way to undermine the country’s fight against graft.   The plan, which came from the KPK selection committee (Pansel), has restoked tensions surrounding the antigraft body, which has been battered by scandals related to the high-profile corruption cases it has investigated in the past five years.   Soon after its formation last month, the committee announced that it would work with the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) and National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) in the selection process. Selection committee head Yenti Garnasih acknowledged that claims about the existence of a hardline group within the KPK had been a factor in the decision to involve the BNPT but played down its significance. &...