The South Jakarta District Court issued a ruling on Tuesday that threatens to nullify all graft cases prosecuted by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) since the antigraft body’s founding in 2004.
In a pretrial hearing for former director general for taxation and Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) chairman and graft suspect Hadi Purnomo, Haswandi, the sole judge at the court, considered that because “independent investigators” had been used by the KPK to probe Hadi’s role in a graft case involving the country’s largest lender, Bank Central Asia (BCA), the investigation was illegal.
In his decision, Haswandi claimed Hadi’s case had been handled by independent investigators hired by the KPK who had resigned from positions with institutions such as the National Police and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO). He argued that graft investigators could only lawfully carry out investigations if they continued to serve at their respective institutions.
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