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Jokowi tries to restore KPK powers, but can he do it?

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Bogor   /   Sun, December 29, 2019   /  10:43 am
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurates five new commissioners of the Corruption Eradication Commission on Dec. 20 at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

In a move seen as an attempt to salvage Indonesia’s antigraft agency, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has drafted a regulation that will restore several functions for the leaders of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) that had been eradicated in the amended KPK Law. The draft presidential regulation (Perpres), a copy of which has been obtained by The Jakarta Post, stipulates that as one of their duties, the KPK commissioners will assume the roles of prosecutors and investigators to crack down on corruption cases, as stated in the second paragraph of article 2 in the draft regulation. The particular article of the draft regulation reinstates a clause in Article 21 of the now-defunct 2002 KPK Law, which stipulated that KPK leaders had the authority to act as investigators and prosecutors when handling corruption cases. The provision was removed in the ne...