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KPK seeks 100 new investigators to boost graft-busting power

Jakarta Post - October 23, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is looking to recruit 100 investigation personnel to improve the antigraft body's law-enforcement resources.

KPK's law enforcement deputy Karyoto said that the new investigators would be employed in the agency's three sections, namely preliminary probe, investigation and prosecution, while some would also be assigned as asset-tracking specialists.

"We still have to add 100 additional personnel as part of our strategic plan," Karyoto said on Thursday as quoted by tribunnews.com. Karyoto went on to say that selecting the 100 personnel would not be easy, citing the KPK's high selection standards.

As of Thursday, he said that 25 people from the National Police and the Attorney General's Office (AGO) had applied for the positions, but only nine had passed.

The KPK also attended on Thursday the G20 Anti-Corruption Ministers Meeting, in which ministers and representatives of antigraft agencies joined to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group's (ACWG) establishment.

The working group aims to strengthen the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) by adopting and enforcing legislative and other measures against international corruption and promoting the implementation of rules to protect whistleblowers.

According to a statement from the KPK, the meeting ratified a ministerial agreement, as well as 11 documents of the ACWG that were drafted through several discussions in 2020. In the agreement, member countries of the G20 agreed to strengthen their antigraft commitments.

The meeting also highlighted the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has weakened global social and economic conditions. The countries agreed that the health crisis had a substantial impact on economic growth, sustainable development, quality investment and innovation, as well as trust in governments, all of which led to the threat of increased corruption.

Representing Indonesia in the meeting, KPK chairman Firli Bahuri stressed the country's commitment to combatting corruption during the pandemic.

"We are also committed to ensuring that all law enforcement agencies intensify their efforts to investigate and prosecute graft cases as a contribution to mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic," Firli said during the meeting.

Amid the pandemic, the antigraft agency has launched various efforts to prevent corruption in many of the government's mitigation efforts with a total of Rp 695 trillion (US$47.3 billion) allocated for social and economic recovery programs.

However, the KPK has faced deteriorating public trust over the past year as a result of what critics regard as a lackluster law enforcement performance under the amended Corruption Law, coupled with a number of controversial incidents involving Firli and other leaders.

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/10/23/kpk-seeks-100-new-investigators-to-boost-graft-busting-power.html