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Bribery scandal litmus test for antigraft body

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Jakarta   /   Mon, January 13, 2020   /  08:01 am
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Hard evidence: Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) commissioner Lili Pintauli Siregar (center) and General Elections Commission (KPU) head Arief Budiman (left) listen to questions raised by journalists in a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday on the arrest of KPU commissioner Wahyu Setiawan over alleged bribery. The investigators confiscated Rp 400 million (US$28,899) allegedly related to the case.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

The bribery case involving members of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the nation's largest party of which President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is a member, has become a litmus test for whether the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is effective under a new law critics say was designed to declaw it. The bribery scandal, in which a PDI-P legislative candidate is accused of bribing a General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner to become a lawmaker, has come under public scrutiny as it is also the first high-profile case taken by the antigraft body under its new leader, Firli Bahuri. Firli's appointment as KPK chief stirred controversy, with antigraft activists accusing the active police officer of committing ethics breaches while serving as the KPK law enforcement chief. “Looking at the situation, I think it’s a perfect test for...