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Jakarta Post

KPK criticized for ‘unprofessional’ operation

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 23 2020   /  12:48 am

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested a state university official on Wednesday for allegedly giving illegal holiday bonuses to officials from the Education and Culture Ministry. However, the commission ended up confiscating a relatively small amount of money: US$1,200 and Rp 27.5 million ($1,850). The KPK later announced, “After we questioned some people, we did not find the involvement of state officials, so we transferred the case to the police.”

The operation was the first to be both initiated and executed under the leadership of KPK chairman Firli Bahuri. In early January, the KPK conducted an operation in East Java, but the investigation had been started by KPK leadership before Firli took his current position on Dec. 20, 2019.

In cooperation with the Education and Culture Ministry’s Inspectorate General, the KPK arrested Dwi Achmad Noor, the head ...