Post-Indonesialeaks Files, KPK Pressured with 3 Requests

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  • The new KPK building. ANTARA/Hafidz Mubarak A

    The new KPK building. ANTARA/Hafidz Mubarak A

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Public pressure amounted on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) following the release of the investigative reporting by Indonesialeaks earlier on Monday.

    The anti-corruption agency is pushed to take action and solve the nearly-forgotten case involving two former KPK investigators, whom originated from the police institution, who damaged crucial evidence related to a high-stakes corruption case.

    Tempo compiled three requests for actions that KPK must take according to the public, former KPK leader, former Minister, and mass-organization.

    1. Summon and Question National Police Chief Tito Karnavian

    The KPK is once again pressed to summon Police Chief General Tito Karnavian for an investigation. This was urged by former KPK deputy chairman Bambang Widjojanto after the Indonesialeaks files contained material that incriminated the national police chief.

    “KPK leaders are currently tested under the public’s prying eyes, whether they still have the courage to entirely solve the case or at least summon Tito Karnavian,” said former KPK deputy chairman Bambang in a written statement on Monday, October 8.

    Tempo’s reporting that was based on the Indoensialeaks files found that two KPK investigators who were recruited from the police department had erased several names and ripped off 15 pages from a red bank passbook. The investigators were known to be Adj. Grand. Comm. Roland Ronaldy and Comm. Harun.

    2. Legally Process the Former KPK Investigators Responsible for the Evidence Tampering

    KPK are being pressured by the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) to process the two former KPK investigators in question, since evidence tampering can be criminally charged which is in the level of hampering authorities’ investigation and acts against the law.

    “The KPK can continue the case and incriminate the two former investigators with Article 21 of Law No. 20/2001 on the eradication of corruption,” said ICW investigation division staff Lais Abid on Monday, October 8.

    3. Recommission the Investigation Against the Two Former KPK Investigators

    The Institute for Policy and Budget Analysis Alliance (Alaska) urged KPK to continue their investigation upon Roland and Harun, even though the men have been returned to the police institution after they were caught destroying the crucial evidence.

    “We call for KPK to uphold the law no matter who it incriminates. Even if it means that they must face the Indonesian National Police Institution together with police’s top brass,” said Alaska Coordinator Adri Zulpianto on Tuesday, October 9.

    Adri argued that merely sending Roland and Harun back to the police institution is not comparable to the violation that the two men had done, considering that the Indonesialeaks files revealed an alleged flow of funds up to Rp1 billion to Tito Karnavian while he led the Metro Jaya Police Department throughout 2015-2016.