Commissioner alleges minister lied of KPK involvement in deliberation

Commissioner alleges minister lied of KPK involvement in deliberation

Deputy Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Laode M. Syarif

Mr Laoly promised to invite the KPK for deliberation (of the bill on law revision) at the DPR, but Mr Laoly also does not meet his promise
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Deputy Chairman Laode M. Syarif alleged Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly lied about the KPK commissioners’ scheduled meeting with House of Representatives (DPR) members on KPK law revision. "Mr Laoly promised to invite the KPK for deliberation (on the bill on law revision) at the DPR, but he also failed to meet his promise," Laode noted in a brief message on Wednesday.

The minister also furnished incorrect information on having already held a discussion on the revision of Law No. 30 of 2002 on KPK with Agus Rahardjo, the KPK chairman, and Syarif at his office on September 12, 2019, Laode remarked.

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Laoly had earlier claimed to have held a discussion with Rahardjo and Syarif, so he denied that the KPK was not involved in the revision of the law.

"It is true that I and Mr Agus Rahardjo accompanied Mr Pahala Nainggolan and Mr Rasamala Aritonang to see Mr Laoly to ask for the DIM (Problem List) submitted by the government to the DPR. However, Mr Laoly did not give us the list," Laode stated.

Laode recalled having urged the minister to discuss the DIM with the anti-graft agency's commissioners before the government took a final decision, as the KPK was never involved in the discussion on the list.

"During the 10-minute meeting, Mr Laoly also said that public consultation was not necessary, as the government had received sufficient inputs," Laode emphasized.

The DPR, at a plenary meeting on Sept 17, 2019, officially approved revision of Law No. 30 of 2002 on KPK.

Among changes concerning the position of KPK in the law revision are: (1) the KPK will be an institution within the executive, (2) every employee of the graft agency is a civil servant, (3) the KPK must seek permission from its would-be Supervisory Board when it intends to conduct wiretapping and raids, (4) the would-be Supervisory Board of the KPK would be under the President, and (5) the KPK has the right to stop investigation and prosecution.

The anti-graft agency has, until now, functioned as an independent body and has no supervisory board.

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