President Joko Widodo meeting with the nine-member, all-female committee that is tasked with selecting the next leaders of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). (Antara Foto/Yudhi Mahatma)

Police to Look for Possible Criminal Records of KPK Candidates

JUNE 08, 2015

Jakarta. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) selection committee on Monday asked the National Police to hand over any criminal records pertaining to candidates for the anti-graft agency's new leadership.

"The National Police have agreed to investigate candidate records — it is really necessary," selection committee head Destry Damayanti said on Monday after a closed meeting with National Police Chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti, his deputy Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan and other police officials.

Destry said the KPK selection committee also requested other institutions, such as Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK), the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) and the Attorney General's Office, to have a look at records they may have of candidates.

KPK leadership candidate registration is open until June 24. From June 27 to July 26 the selection committee team will interview and test the candidates, besides taking into consideration feedback from the public.

The team will then submit eight names to President Joko Widodo on Aug. 31.

In what has been widely seen as retaliatory attacks against the KPK for naming Budi Gunawan a graft suspect earlier this year, police have named two KPK leaders — chief Abraham Samad and one of his deputies, Bambang Widjojanto — as suspects in separate, old cases, leading to the suspension of both.

Two interim KPK leaders, Taufiequrachman Ruki and Johan Budi, were then appointed to fill in the vacant leadership posts — although the KPK remains short of one leader at the moment, having only four leaders in total out of five mandated by the law.

The fifth leadership post has been left vacant since then-KPK deputy chief Busyro Muqoddas, who had been appointed to his post earlier than the others, saw his four-year term end in December last year. Meanwhile, the terms of the four other leaders, sworn in during 2011, are due to end in December this year.