KPK Reveals Leadership Dualism in Indonesia`s Prison System

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  • Deputy Chief of KPK, Laode M Syarif. ANTARA

    Deputy Chief of KPK, Laode M Syarif. ANTARA

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) held a meeting with the House of Representatives (DPR) today following the former's recent sting operation at Sukamiskin prison. 

    KPK deputy chief Laode Muhammad Syarif revealed the country’s penitentiary management was beset by leadership dualism. 

    According to Laode, the authority in handling prison issues turned out to be the Secretary General of Law and Human Rights Ministry as opposed to the Directorate General of Penitentiary.

    “The Secretary General of Law and Human Rights Ministry is more in control,” Laode revealed in the hearing with the House’s legal commission today. 

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    Laode further explained that the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Directorate General of Penitentiary is authorized to control affairs on budgets and human resource placement, which he deemed had severely curbed the Directorate General’s authority. He said this had led to unclear management of the country's prison system.

    Laode highlighted the facts after the anti-graft agency found an alleged bribery at Bandung’s Sukamiskin prison related to the availability of additional facilities, permit recommendations, and other facilities that should not have existed in a prison system.

    The KPK has named four suspects in the sting operation including Sukamiskin warden Wahid Husen, prison staffer Wahid Hendry Saputra and graft convicts Fahmi Darmawansyah, Fahmi, and Andri Rahmat.