Former Constitutional Court judge Patrialis Akbar after an interrogation session at the Corruption Eradication Agency's office in March 2017. (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir)

Jokowi Set to Make His Constitutional Court Pick


APRIL 03, 2017

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will select a replacement for disgraced former Constitutional Court judge Patrialis Akbar on Monday (03/04) after a selection committee submitted three final candidates last week.

The shortlisted candidates include Andalas University law expert Saldi Isra, Nusa Cendana University law expert Bernard Tanya and former director general of law at the Human Rights Ministry Wicipto Setiadi.

"The president will have his pick out of the three, it's now up to him," selection committee chairman Harjono told reporters at the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Monday.

According to Indonesian law, the president must make his decision within seven days, Harjono added.

The new judge will replace Patrialis, who was sacked earlier this year when he was arrested in a sting operation by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Patrialis allegedly received nearly $160,000 in bribes related to a judicial review of a national law on animal farming and health.

The Constitutional Court has been marred by bribery scandals in recent years. Akil Mochtar, its former chairman, was sentenced to life in prison in 2015 in another unrelated bribery case.