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Indonesia has been stunned by the drama of the rivalry
between the Indonesian National Police and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) as the anti-corruption saga reaches new heights. There was public outcry when
police detained two of the KPK’s deputy commissioners. This sentiment escalated when the Constitutional Court heard wiretapped recordings of conversations between high-ranking law enforcement officials and suspects in corruption cases. The recordings indicate that there is a systemic plot to eliminate the KPK and further, that justice has not been served. In this state of affairs, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s awkward neutrality is disheartening. His strong commitment to fighting corruption must be translated into practice as the epic between the “gecko” (KPK) and the “crocodile” (Indonesian police) – as coined by the latter – is alarming and threatens to collapse the country’s rule of law.
Our main report in this edition of CAVEAT will take you along the journey of this saga and examine how
Indonesia should take the opportunity to complete a thorough reform of its law enforcement institutions.
In the additional feature, we present a joint open letter by LBH Masyarakat and Amnesty International addressed to
Commission III of the Indonesian House of Representatives regarding a review of the draft of the Indonesian Criminal Code. In the open letter, we focus on several issues:
Torture, freedom of expression, the death penalty, discrimination and violence against women, and crimes under international law.
Finally, Ricky Gunawan raises a recent torture case experienced by a transgender sex worker in his opinion piece entitled, “Indonesian Police Torture Must Be
Stopped.” He argues that the victim’s audacity in coming forward to complain of torture is heroic, given that he is a member of a vulnerable group that is often stigmatized and discriminated against. Thus, “his courage should not go to waste.”