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Time to reinvent anticorruption drive

  • Hendi Yogi Prabowo

Yogyakarta   /   Thu, November 14 2019   /  01:23 am

Antara/Aditya Pradana PutraThe new Corruption Law has been passed despite widespread protests, mainly out of conviction that the antigraft agency will no longer be independent. The new law puts restrictions on the commission’s ability to investigate allegations of corruption against public officials. An investigation of a corrupt act is conducted within an adversarial environment where the investigated parties do not want the investigators to complete their tasks. This condition requires the entire process to be carefully planned and executed to ensure its success. Two of the most important critical success factors of a corruption investigation are independence and confidentiality. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) had argued that the new Corruption Law would cause the commission to lose its independence since it was now part of the executive power. Moreover, the new law stip...