Indonesia’s widely respected and currently beleaguered anti-corruption agency is reaching out to the country’s controversial armed forces for support, apparently to bolster its defenses against a National Police force that has harassed, arrested and threatened its officials in a months-long dispute.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is dependent on the National Police for investigators assigned to the agency. But when the KPK charged police general Budi Gunawan with corruption in January after he was nominated to be national police chief, a simmering dislike erupted into bitter and open conflict between the two agencies. Police investigators inside the KPK are under increasing pressure as a result.
Now it looks like the military could be dragged into the fray. This week, Indonesian Military spokesman Maj. Gen. Fuad Basya was quoted saying that the KPK was asking military commanders for help recruiting military investigators to work with the agency, apparently because police personnel can no longer be trusted and are becoming harder to find.
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