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Six weeks since she became a suspect, former Pertamina CEO Karen Agustiawan is now detained over suspected corruption in the company’s investment in an oil block in Australia. The Attorney General’s Office believes that the acquisition did not receive the board of commissioners’ approval. There are reports circulating that some are attempting to extort Karen.
The Corruption Eradication Commission arrested a member of the House of Representatives, Bowo Sidik Pangarso, in an Rp8-billion bribery case involving shipping fertilizer material and other projects. It is suspected those funds were to finance his re-election campaign as a legislator from the Golkar Party.
The KPK team arrested officers from the Jakarta High Prosecutor’s Office, who are suspected of having received bribes for influencing sentence demands for an investment fraud case. There are efforts to impede the investigation. The Attorney General’s son is said to be involved.
The investigation into the acid attack on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator, Novel Baswedan, that took place on Tuesday morning, April 11, 2017, has yet to yield meaningful discoveries. The police have not found the executors, let alone the mastermind of the attack. National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian formed a joint fact-finding team, but again with disappointing results. President Joko Widodo has given the police a three-month deadline to solve the case.
The DPR is quietly making efforts to revise the KPK law while the selection process for the anti-corruption commission’s leadership is ongoing. With articles to restrict its authorities, the KPK is already in a precarious position. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle had already prepared the revision for some time and now has the agreement of all political parties.
President Joko Widodo canceled his plan to ask for public input on the 10 candidates for KPK leadership because the selection committee made the public announcement in a hurry. Jokowi was aware of the controversy surrounding Firli’s candidacy.
SOME issues have cropped up since Law No. 19/2019 regarding the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) went into effect on October 17.
The death of lawyer and environment activist Golfried Siregar remains a mystery. An investigation by Tempo and the North Sumatra Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence uncovered discrepancies of facts in the police report. Suspicion for murder is in the air.
THE police have closed the case of the death of Golfried Siregar.
KPK’s performance has weakened since its law revision came into effect on October 17, with no sting operations performed in the past two months. Furthermore, wiretapping—the ultimate weapon for catching corrupt government officials—has not been performed at full capacity. A number of cases are predicted to go unresolved under the new leadership. The KPK is no longer a feared institution.
The KPK failed to arrest PDI-P Secretary-General Hasto Kristiyanto in a graft case involving KPU commissioner, Wahyu Setiawan. Investigators were instead apprehended by a group of police officers at the Police Staff College. Leaders of the anti-graft agency are ignoring evidence of Hasto’s involvement.
KPK leadership appears to be keeping Harun Masiku’s whereabouts secret, stating that he was overseas prior to the series of arrest operations. Tempo’s investigation found that Harun was in the capital city during KPK sting operations. While investigating the bribery case implicating KPU member, Wahyu Setiawan, KPK’s investigation team has been met with great challenges without the full support of the agency’s leadership.
Customs directorate-general uncovered a scandal over the import of plastic scrap containing hazardous and toxic waste exceeding the limit. Of the dozen importers, only one has been prosecuted. There are suspicions of lobbying to a number of House of Representatives members.