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KPK should ignore 'legally flawed' House inquiry: Constitutional experts

Jakarta Post - June 14, 2017

Jakarta Members of the Constitutional Law and State Administrative Law Lecturers Association (APHTN-HAN) and experts from Andalas University's Constitution Study Center (PUSaKO) have called on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to ignore the controversial inquiry by the House of Representatives into the antigraft body.

The experts and lecturers had reviewed the establishment of the inquiry committee and found that it was done in contradiction of the law, hence all of the committee's actions were likewise in contradiction of the law, said APHTN-HAN chairman Mahfud MD who read out the statement of the two organizations at the KPK's headquarters on Wednesday.

"The KPK shall obey the Constitution and law, not the inquiry committee, the establishment of which contradicted the laws," the former Constitutional Court chief justice said as reported by kompas.com.

Also at the press conference were KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo and deputy chairman Laode Muhammad Syarif. Mahfud said that if the KPK succumbed to the inquiry committee's will, the commission would also be violating the law.

The groups handed the statement, which was signed by 132 constitutional law experts, to the KPK. The statement also declares that the House does not have the authority to investigate legal proceedings at the KPK.

"The House's action would harm the state administration system, which would also lead to injustice in society, especially because of the hampered effort to eradicate corruption," Mahfud said. (ecn/bbs)

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/06/14/kpk-should-ignore-legally-flawed-house-inquiry-constitutional-experts.html.

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