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Jakarta Post

KPK dumps cases as credibility slumps

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 27 2020   /  12:28 am

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has revealed a plan to drop 36 investigations due to a 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 that effectively removed its independence and many of its tools, including wiretapping, to investigate corruption cases. 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 prosecuting cases as in pre...