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Jakarta Post

Jihad against corruption

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, June 19 2019   /  12:58 am

Senior Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan has become the lightning rod for attacks by the antigraft body’s detractors. Throughout his 12-year tenure at the KPK, he has been a target for verbal and legal and more recently physical attack. In 2012, soon after he managed to wrap up a graft probe against former National Police Traffic Corps chief Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo, an attempt was made to bring criminal charges against him. In September 2017, the Jakarta Police started handling a defamation case filed against Novel by fellow KPK investigator Brig. Gen. Aris Budiman. The complaint was lodged only months after he became the target of an acid attack that left him half blind. The latest broadside against him is an allegation that he is the leader of a cult-like faction within the KPK, whose work in the fight against graft is motivated by conservative Islam...