Criminalising the KPK

Many believe the police's attempts to criminalise the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) after it named President Widodo's nominee for national police chief Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan a graft suspect, is in response to the KPK stepping up its probe into the Bank Indonesia liquidity support (BLBI) corruption scandal. Gunawan is a former confidant of Widodo's patron and chairperson of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, Megawati Sukarnoputri, who as president in 2002 issued 'release and discharge' letters freeing BLBI fund recipients from obligations to repay their debts.

Kompas - January 24, 2015