Judicial Reform Called Into Question With 25 Judges, Court Officials Implicated in Graft i

A member of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) secures documents seized during a search at the Manado High Court in North Sulawesi on Sunday (08/10). Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) said a 'graft emergency' has emerged within the judiciary despite a regulation on judicial supervision issued by the Supreme Court in 2016. (Antara Photo/Adwit B Pramono)

By : Alin Almanar | on 11:07 PM October 10, 2017
Category : News, Featured

Jakarta. At least 25 judges and court officials have been implicated in corruption cases over the past five years, showing that there has yet to be "significant" reform within the judiciary, an antigraft watchdog said on Monday (09/10).

Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) said a "graft emergency" has emerged within the judiciary despite a regulation on judicial supervision issued by the Supreme Court in 2016.

The ICW said this regulation was still ineffective, referring to the arrest last week by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) of the chief of the Manado High Court in North Sulawesi on bribery allegations.

"The court chief, who is tasked with supervising his subordinates, instead committed violations himself," ICW activist Tama S. Langkun said in a statement.

The ICW demanded a review of the regulation and for the Supreme Court and the Judicial Commission to step up supervision of the lower courts, with assistance from the KPK.

The Manado High Court chief is one of 10 judges and 15 court officials who have been implicated in graft since the appointment of Hatta Ali as Supreme Court chief in 2012.

Most of them were arrested by the KPK in sting operations.

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