Indonesian president gets tough on eradicating "judicial mafia"

15:39, January 06, 2010      

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Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono stressed his resolve to purge the "judicial mafia" across the country, calling on law enforcement agencies to commit to the fight, the Jakarta Globe reported here on Wednesday.

To boost those efforts, he said he would demand bureaucratic reforms across 13 ministries and state institutions linked to law enforcement and governance.

"Remember, in the hands of corrupt law enforcers, anything bent can be straightened and the straight can be bent. I want judicial mafia practices to cease," the president said on Tuesday.

Law-enforcement officials, whether in Jakarta or the regions, should not manipulate the law, he warned.

The president named eliminating corruption in the judiciary as one of his top priorities when announcing the government's first-100-day program in October.

President Yudhoyono has formed a task team joined by six persons assigned to suggest ideas for eliminating graft in the courts of the country last week.

The task force's chairman, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, said that his team already has the support from the police and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in carrying out its jobs.

He said that the KPK would provide assistance to help the task force on the complaint handling mechanism. The police have set up a team particularly tasked to support the operation of the "anti judicial mafia" task team.

Source: Xinhua
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