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Yogyakarta deputy police chief tapped to lead KPK’s law enforcement efforts

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 15, 2020   /   10:21 am
Yogyakarta deputy police chief tapped to lead KPK’s law enforcement efforts Brig. Gen Karyoto (Tempo.co/File)

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Firli Bahuri inaugurated Brig. Gen Karyoto on Tuesday as the agency’s deputy for law enforcement amid criticism from antigraft activists over a lack of transparency in the selection process.

Karyoto, who previously served as Yogyakarta Police deputy chief, passed the selection process for the vital position in the antigraft body.

A key position in the agency, the deputy for law enforcement oversees all legal matters, from questioning and investigations to issuing charges against graft suspects. The post has been left vacant by Firli, who in June 2019 returned to the National Police before returning to the KPK after passing the screening process at the House of Representatives in September 2019.

Karyoto was among the final three candidates, all police generals, vying for the position. The names of the candidates were finally revealed by the KPK following backlash from a coalition of antigraft watchdogs, who lambasted the lack of transparency. The coalition, comprising the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), West Sumatra’s Andalas University’s Constitution Study Center (PUSaKO), the Indonesia Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) and the Indonesian Legal Aid and Human Rights Association (PBHI), also raised concerns that KPK leaders were motivated by a hidden agenda in the selection process.

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The agency brushed off the concerns, saying the KPK was committed to ensuring transparency through an open recruitment process.

According to the KPK State Organizers Assets Reports (LHKPN) database elhkpn.kpk.go.id., Karyoto was found to not have filed a wealth report since 2013.

He last reported his wealth and assets on Dec. 18, 2013, when he was still serving as the general crime director for the Yogyakarta Police.

His last entry in the database reported he had Rp 5.45 billion (US$346,747) to his name, which consisted of Rp 5.72 billion in land and properties, Rp 400 million in vehicles, Rp 800 million in business ventures and 1.27 billion in bank accounts and cash, minus 2.84 billion in debt.

The LHKPN is used to record state organizers’ assets and wealth to help with public monitoring and accountability. Routinely reporting one’s wealth and assets is a consideration for assignments and promotions.

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Karyoto was appointed as the Yogyakarta Police deputy chief in 2019 after serving as the deputy chief for the North Sulawesi Police. Karyoto graduated from the police academy in 1990 with a specialization in detective work.

In addition to Karyoto, Firli also inaugurated the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) corruption crime director Sr. Comr. Endar Priantoro as deputy director for investigations on Tuesday.

The agency also appointed Communications and Information Ministry official Mochamad Hadiyana as information and data deputy head and prosecutor Ahmad Burhanudin as its legal bureau head. All of the newly appointed officials have reported their wealth since at least 2018.