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Jakarta Post

KPK dumps cases as credibility slumps

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 27, 2020   /  08:18 am
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Former youth and sports minister Imam Nahrawi walks to his seat before KPK prosecutor Ronald Worotikan reads out Imam’s indictment at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Feb 14. The antigraft agency is expected to see fewer trials as it plans to drop 36 cases due to lack of evidence. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has revealed a plan to drop 36 investigations for lack of evidence in a move that is unlikely to shore up its already battered public image. The KPK has not publicly disclosed the list of cases for which investigations will be terminated, but they are likely to include some high-profile cases that the agency has sat on for months or even years without any sign they would be brought to court. By definition, the KPK only deals with high-level corruption scandals. The KPK has suffered huge credibility problems following a hastily enacted law governing its operation that effectively removed its independence and many of its tools, including wiretapping, to catch corruption convicts. To top it all, the House of Representatives, no friend of the KPK, named new commissioners in December who had already said they were not interested so much in per...