JAKARTA (dpa) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo appointed three new officials to lead a powerful anti-corruption commission Friday, after he suspended its chairman and deputy chairman amid a row with the police.
Abraham Samad, the chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), and his deputy Bambang Widjojanto were sacked this week after police named them as suspects in separate cases.
Their replacements – Andrianto Seno Aji, Taufiequrrachman Ruki and Johan Budi – were sworn in at the presidential palace. The third post had to be filled after one member of the commission ended his term last year.
Abraham and Bambang ran into legal trouble after KPK named Joko’s nominee for the chief of national police, Budi Gunawan, a suspect in a multi-millon-dollar bribery case dating back to 2006 when he was mid-ranking officer.
Joko this week proposed General Commissioner Badrodin Haiti as the new national police chief amid mounting public pressure to end the crisis.
Police on Monday accused Abraham of falsifying documents in 2007 to help a friend apply for a passport in South Sulawesi province.
Police questioned Bambang last month over an old perjury case. He was released the next day amid public protests that the case was fabricated, but he remains a suspect.
The anti-graft commission has prosecuted former ministers, governors, legislators and central bank chiefs, with a conviction rate of nearly 100 per cent since it was established in 2003.
Indonesia ranked 107th out of 175 countries in the 2014 corruption perception index released by Transparency International, with number one the least corrupt.