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Jakarta Post

Recent misconduct by own investigators puts KPK in spotlight

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Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Firli Bahuri announces South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Abdullah a bribery suspect in a press conference on Feb. 28.(Courtesy of/KPK)
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano
Jakarta   ●   Wed, April 28, 2021

In the eyes of the public, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators are the backbone of the agency, whose integrity and dedication are hailed as critical in the country’s antigraft

Recently, however, KPK investigators have been caught in a series of high-profile gaffes that include the alleged misappropriation of evidence and extortion, putting a dent in the agency’s reputation as Indonesia’s leading graft buster.

The KPK named its own investigator, Stepanus Robin Pattuju, a suspect last week in a bribery case related to alleged collusion in the appointment of Tanjung Balai administration officials in North Sumatra.

Stepanus stands accused of conspiring with lawyer Markus Husein to get Rp 1.5 billion (US$103,470) in kickbacks from Tanjung Balai Mayor Muhammad Syahrial in exchange for the KPK to drop its investigati...

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