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Tim Lindsey and Simon Butt

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677740

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199677740.001.0001

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Corruption Law

Corruption Law

(p.280) 14 Corruption Law
Indonesian Law

Simon Butt

Tim Lindsey

Oxford University Press

Legal responses to Indonesia’s serious problems of embedded corruption are the subject of this chapter. It begins with an overview of the relevant legislation before moving to Indonesia’s first effective anti-corruption agency, the KPK, describing its powers and impressive track record. The next topic is the anti-corruption courts, where corruption cases are prosecuted. This is followed by an assessment of efforts by the elite to weaken the KPK and the courts. The chapter also considers the causes of corruption, tracing them back to Soeharto’s rule, and analyses the so-called ‘judicial mafia’—legal system corruption. The chapter closes with four case studies focused on tensions between the KPK and the government. These cover attempts by politicians and police to undermine the KPK by discrediting its commissioners, including the so-called cicak-buaya scandals.

Keywords:   Indonesia, Indonesian law, corruption law, bribery, judicial corruption, anti-corruption law, Corruption Eradication Commission, KPK, anti-corruption court, tipikor

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