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Lawmakers against KPK exception in wiretapping bill

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, July 13, 2019   /  10:10 am
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The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has come under the spotlight again as lawmakers have tried to regulate the wiretapping abilities of the law enforcement body through proposed legislation.    After almost a year of delay, the House of Representatives’ Commission III overseeing legal affairs has begun to again deliberate over a bill that aims to establish uniform wiretapping procedures among all law enforcement bodies.   In the latest draft of the bill, Article 37 stipulates that all wiretapping activities of all law enforcement institutions — the State Intelligence Agency (BIN), National Narcotics Agency, the police, the Attorney General's Office and the Judicial Commission — would have to get high court approval. Only the KPK would be exempt. The provision has been resisted by lawmakers, many of whom have for decades tried to ...