Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The Anti Corruption Court bill
After months of uncertainty, the outgoing Parliament (DPR) finally passed the Amendment of the Anti Corruption Court bill on Tuesday, 29 September.
This amendment will allow the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to keep its authorities to Prosecute Corruption cases and conduct wiretaps on suspects, which is contradictory to the initial wishes of some members of the DPR to strip KPK of those authorities.
Some anti corruption activists have stated their objections on some stipulations of the bill, such as establishment of Anti Corruption Courts in 33 provinces compared to the current Special Anti Corruption Court in Jakarta. Beside that questions have been made on the stipulation which lets a Chairman of Anti Corruption court to decide the composition of carrier and non carrier judges who will try the cases.
For details media reports on the above, please click here and here.
In spite of the weakness of the anti corruption court bill, in my humble opinion the bill is good enough because it maintained KPK's authority to Prosecute and conduct wiretaps on suspects. Therefore, I can say that this is a victory for KPK and most people who are against corruption in Indonesia.