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Indonesia makes gains in fight against corruption JAKARTA - Indonesia's fight to curb corruption has led to a series of headline-grabbing investigations in recent months. Indonesia's leap from 143rd to 126th on the Transparency International corruption perception index last month is a small sign of improvement in a country widely viewed as one of the most corrupt in Asia.

The organization grades perceptions of corruption in 180 nations. Transparency International's Indonesia division says a spate of high-profile prosecutions improved the business community's confidence in efforts to combat corruption. The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, leads the campaign against graft. The commission, established in 2002, is an independent body with wide investigative and prosecutorial powers.

The Corruption Eradiction Commission KPK, which thus far, has a 100 percent conviction rate, has reached into some of the highest offices in the land. It recently earned public praise for the conviction of a former senior prosecutor with the Attorney General's office. Judges sentenced Urip Tri Gunawan to 20 years in jail - more than twice the length of any previous corruption sentences.



Posted in Corruption @ 02 October 2008 04:58 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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