Saturday, 14 December 2019

KPK Leaders Join to Challenge Amended KPK Law

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  • Saut Situmorang (left), Agus Rahardjo (center) and Laode M. Syarief announce the KPK's stance on the revisions of the Law No. 30 Year 2002 on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) at his office in Central Jakarta on Friday, September 13, 2019. TEMPO/Andita Rahma

    Saut Situmorang (left), Agus Rahardjo (center) and Laode M. Syarief announce the KPK's stance on the revisions of the Law No. 30 Year 2002 on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) at his office in Central Jakarta on Friday, September 13, 2019. TEMPO/Andita Rahma

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaThree leaders of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) were listed as the applicant challenging the amended KPK Law No. 19/2019 to Constitutional Court. They are Agus Rahardjo, Saut Situmorang, and Laode M. Syarif.

    “I join as the applicant,” said Agus at his office, Jakarta, Wednesday, November 20.

    Saut Situmorang also confirmed his participation in the lawsuit. He stated that as a KPK higher-up, he had an interest as a challenger. “The three of us have legal standing,” he said.

    Previously, a number of public figures and non-governmental organizations joined in the KPK Law Advocacy Team planned to lodge a suit against the newly-revised KPK Law to Constitutional Court. The lawsuit will be submitted today, November 30.

    Many figures and NGOs made the plan since President Joko "Jokowi” Widodo remained nonchalant about the urge to issue a regulation in lieu of law or Perpu on the anti-graft body.

    Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) researcher Kurnia Ramadhana said the law which has taken into effect since October 17 would weaken the efforts to combat corruption. He opined that the bill drafting process in the House of Representatives (DPR) was also problematic.

    M ROSSENO AJI