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REVISION OF KPK LAW TO BOOST ITS PERFOMANCE : VP KALLA

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Vice President RI, Jusuf Kalla.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Vice President Jusuf Kalla opined that the revision to Law No. 30 of 2002 on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is aimed at enhancing the anti-graft body’s performance rather than weakening the agency.

“The point is that we want to encourage the KPK, with a clear legal base. There is legal certainty for both the KPK as well as the public. There is no intention that we want to weaken the body,” Kalla remarked here on Tuesday (10/9/2019).

He noted that revision to the law will help the commission to conduct its tasks and to ensure that its works can be accounted for.

“Basically, it (the law) will require some improvements. For instance, during surveillance, wiretapping, and red-handed operation, the regulation on it must be improved,” Kalla added.

Revision to the law on the anti-graft body was initiated by the House of Representatives for discussion and approval prior to the conclusion of its serving period in October 2019.

However, President Joko Widodo has yet to issue a presidential letter as an approval for the initiative.

The House of Representatives (DPR), in its plenary meeting on Thursday (5/9/2019), had agreed to revise Law Number 30 of 2002 on the KPK.

Responding to the House’s initiative, the KPK, in its statement, refused the revision of the law as, learning from the widely distributed draft, it has the potential to paralyze the KPK as an independent anti-graft institution.

“With the occurrences and agenda recently, we have to state that the KPK is currently hanging by a thread,” KPK Chairman Rahardjo stated. (fns)

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SPORTS MINISTER APOLOGIZES WHILE RESIGNING IN BRIBERY SCANDAL

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Minister of Youths and Sports, Imam Nahrawi.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi has apologized to the President of Indonesia while announcing his resignation after being named a suspect in a bribery scandal involving the National Sports Committee (KONI). “I apologize to the President of Indonesia, the Vice President of Indonesia, the chief of PKB party, Nahdlatul Ulama Executive Board (PBNU), and the people of Indonesia. I thank all my colleagues in the Ministry of Youths and Sports,” Nahrawi stated here, Thursday (19/9/2019).

He was stepping down from office because he had to focus on dealing with the alleged bribery case, Nahrawi said in his statement. The Eradication Corruption Commission (KPK) named him as a suspect because he failed to show up at the commission’s office on three occasions in connection with the probe.

Despite being named in the scandal, Nahrawi said he was not involved and called on people to respect the value of “innocent until proven guilty” by the court.

“We must wait for the KPK to show proof because I am far from what I have been accused of by the anti-graft body,” he stated.

In his resignation, Nahrawi also said he would cooperate with the KPK in clearing his name. “As a law-abiding citizen, I will follow the rules,” he added.

Nahrawi had allegedly accepted Rp26.5 billion (US$1.9 million) in bribes from the National Sports Committee and the head of Satlak Prima, a national program for elite athletes, in 2018. The cash, KPK stated, was used for the minister’s personal needs.

The case was revealed to the public when KONI had allegedly bribed some high-ranking ministry officials such as Mulyana, Adhi Purnomo and Eko Triyanto. Other officials who had been named as suspects in the bribery case include a former KONI secretary general Ending Fuad Hamidy and KONI treasurer Johnny E. Awuy. (INE). (afh)

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REVISED KPK LAW MAY WEAKEN ANTI-GRAFT BODY’S AUTHORITY : VICE CHAIRMAN

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Vice Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission, Laode M. Syarif.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The new revised version of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) law might enfeeble the anti-graft body’s authority, chiefly in terms of cracking down upon corruption cases, KPK Vice Chairman Laode M. Syarif stated here, Tuesday (17/9/2019).

“If the information we received from the media is true, the revised version of the KPK law will cripple our power to fight against corruption,” Syarif remarked in response to the new KPK law that was passed by the House of Representatives in Jakarta, Tuesday.

The KPK vice chairman noted that the revised version of Law No. 30 of 2002 had overstepped some instructions issued by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) during a press conference last week, though he fell short of elaborating on his statement.

On Sept 13, at a press conference, Jokowi had agreed to some changes in the anti-graft body that were mandated by the new law including the tapping mechanism, establishment of a supervisory board, and an authority to issue an investigation termination warrant (SP3).

The new revised version of the KPK law was passed by the House of Representatives’ members and the Indonesian government during the ninth plenary meeting in Jakarta, Tuesday.

Before the bill was passed, the KPK was an independent state body authorized to eradicate corruption; supervise the government body and implement state governance; launch investigations and prosecutions; as well as organize precautionary measures.

However, with the new law in place, the KPK is currently no longer an independent state body but part of executive institutions under the government. Hence, all KPK employees are currently part of civil servants.

Apart from a change in the status, a supervisory board will also monitor the works and administration of the anti-graft body. The board is not only tasked with supervising but also giving permits to KPK officials on whenever they seek to tap some suspects of corruption cases.

Before the new law was passed, the KPK was chaired by a chairman and four vice-chairmen. In terms of supervising its work, the anti-graft body was monitored by an internal office allowed to impose administrative sanctions on KPK officers.

Following a new law, the KPK will also be able to issue an SP3 if the investigations had yet completed for two years. Before the law, the KPK was allowed to launch investigations on some corruption cases for years. (bfd)

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HUNDREDS MARCH TO PROMPT LAWMAKERS TO PASS ANTI-RAPE BILL

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The supporters also clarified some claims that said the bill was an effort to legalize Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) in Indonesia.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Hundreds of people comprising individuals and civil society groups marched in front of the House of Representatives building here, Tuesday (17/9/2019), to prompt lawmakers to pass the anti-rape or the elimination of sexual violence bill (RUU PKS).

“RUU PKS stands for the victims of sexual violence, and this bill may serve as a strong law to punish sexual predators, rapists,” said a spokesperson of A Coalition of Safe Public Safe (Koalisi Ruang Publik Aman), Aman Neqy, during the rally.

During the protest, the supporters also clarified some claims that said the bill was an effort to legalize Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) in Indonesia. “If they (the bill’s opponents) read the RUU PKS carefully, there is no article that mentions LGBT,” Neqy remarked.

The bill was first proposed in 2016 following a series of sexual abuse cases, which gained nationwide attention. Some cases included a gang rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in Bengkulu Province and the case of Baiq Nuril who was sexually harassed but she ended up in jail for defaming her alleged harasser.

According to the bill, sexual violence is categorized as not only rape and sexual harassment, but also sexual exploitation, the forced use of contraceptives, forced abortion, forced marriage, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, and sexual torture.

The bill defines sexual violence as any actions that attacks, insults, and debases the reproductive functions, sexual desire, the body of someone forcefully or against his/her will, causing them to be unable to give permission due to power, and/or gender relations which could lead to physical, psychological, sexual suffering, as well as economic, social, political, and cultural losses. (mzk)

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