On Tuesday night, two Deputy Chairmen of the Commission for Eradication of Corruption(KPK) i.e Bibit Samad Riyanto & Chandra Hamzah, have been named as Suspects by the National Police on allegations of violation of the Corruption Law No.31/1999 Article 23 and Penal Code Article 421.
Both were suspected of abusing their authority by lifting the travel ban against businessman Djoko Tjandra who was sentenced two year prison for misusing state money, but fled the country before the Supreme Court passed its verdict, and issuing travel ban against businessman Anggoro Widjaja who was a suspect in a corruption case handled by the KPK, but fled the country before he was declared a suspect.
These allegations were made by suspended K.P.K Chairman Antasari Azhar, who has been arrested by the Police last May in connection with murder of the director a state owned company Nazruddin.
With their Status as Suspects according to the Law both Deputy Chairman will be suspended from their position, leaving KPK with the remaining two other Deputy Chairmen i.e. M Jasin dan Haryono Umar.
In recent months, tensions between the KPK and the police have exploded onto front pages and nightly newscasts. Anti-corruption activists have accused the police and the Attorney General’s Office of efforts to undermine the KPK, which has an extraordinary track record of bringing corrupt officials to justice.
Further, lawmakers are debating a bill that anti-corruption activists say will limit KPK’s power. Those activists have called on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to intervene in the dispute between the two institutions, and to defend the KPK against attack.
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In conclusion, I felt that the actions taken against KPK's leaders will eventually weaken Indonesia's efforts to eradicate corruption. Considering that the people are sick and tired of corruption practices, and until now KPK has been regarded as the most reliable Anti-Corruption fighter, efforts to weaken KPK will effect people's hope and trust on the law enforcement agencies.
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