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KPK rejects Perppu on KPK leadership

Wednesday, 23 September 2009 |

Jakarta - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) through its defense lawyers rejected on Tuesday the issuance of a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) for the appointment of acting KPK leaders.

Spokesman for the KPK`s defense lawyers Bambang Widjojanto said following a meeting with the KPK leadership that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should not hurry in issuing the Perppu.

The president should respond to the public reaction to the issuance of the Perppu, he said.

"The president should listen to aspirations from various circles including the KPK so that he will have mature consideration to decide whether the Perppu is worth issuing," he said.

The issuance of the Perppu could be seen by the public as an attempt to side with the police in processing the legal case involving KPK leaders, he said.

As a matter of fact, the legal process at the national police involved a conflict of interests and deviated from the standing procedure, he said.

The police recently named KPK vice chairmen Bibit Samad Rianto and Chandra Hamzah suspects in the alleged abuse of authority over the issuance of a travel ban on PT Masaro company director Anggoro Widjojo and PT Era Giat Prima owner Djoko Tjandra.

Taufik Basari, another member of the KPK`s defense lawyers, said he had written to President Yudhoyono asking him to consider various aspects related to the issuance of the Perppu.

"I sent the letter yesterday," Taufik said.

Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi said earlier the government was still preparing a draft presidential decree to name KPK acting officials following the issuance of the Perppu on Tuesday.

President Yudhoyono signed the Perppu on Tuesday morning, saying that the decision was important with regard to assure the KPK`s effective function.

Minister/State Secretary Hatta Radjasa said on Tuesday the president would name three persons to fill the vacant posts in the KPK.

But he stopped short of revealing the names of the persons and the positions they were currently holding.

"Yes. All the vacancies are to be filled," he said when asked on the number of acting officials to be named by the President, after a meeting at the State Secretariat with Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi and Acting Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Sri Mulyani.

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