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Jakarta Post

Who is Firli Bahuri?: A look into the KPK's 'questionable' new leader

  • Ardila Syakriah and Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 13, 2019   /  03:32 pm
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Ready to serve: Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leadership candidate Insp. Gen. Firli Bahuri of the National Police salutes House of Representatives members during a confirmation hearing for his candidacy at the House complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Monday.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Insp. Gen. Firli Bahuri was voted chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) by House of Representatives members after a confirmation hearing on Friday amid woes surrounding the policeman, much to the dismay of activists who have been questioning his track record.

Firli was, by no means, a new name to the antigraft body – but not for the best of reasons.

Inaugurated as KPK's law enforcement chief

The 56-year-old was inaugurated as the KPK's law enforcement chief in April 2018. He beat nine other candidates for the post, all of whom were from the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the National Police.

The two-star general graduated from the Police Academy in 1990, he had a rather rapid career development in the police force.

Prior to his KPK post, Firli served as the West Nusa Teng...