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Jakarta Post

Antigraft movement pins hope on Constitutional Court to repeal KPK Law

  • Galih Gumelar

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 29, 2020   /  08:44 am
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Former commissioner of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Erry Riyana (left, pointing) attends a hearing of a petition challenging the controversial 2019 Law on the KPK at the Constitutional Court on Jan. 8.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Antigraft activists are pinning their hopes on the Constitutional Court to revoke the 2019 Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law, after a year of unavailing efforts challenging the contentious law. They have expressed the hope that the court will eventually repeal the law to restore public faith in the country’s fight against corruption, which they believe has stalled ever since the law took effect on Oct. 17. Indonesia’s antigraft movement appears to have lost ground since the KPK Law revision was passed last year amid nationwide protests that failed to make any ground in restoring the KPK’s former might. Adding insult to injury, a number of graft convicts have had their sentences reduced by the courts and one was even acquitted, with government officials justifying the new trend on the basis that antigraft efforts were impeding investment. “We ...