KONTAN.CO.ID - JAKARTA. Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Tuesday that the National Police should not establish an anticorruption squad, as the force has proposed to lawmakers.
Kalla said the country should focus on optimizing the performance of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) as well as the existing anticorruption units at the police and the Attorney General's Office (AGO).
"[With] the KPK, it is enough. In fact, the police already have authority [to handle corruption cases]. That doesn't mean they need a new team to execute such responsibilities. [We] should focus on the KPK and support it," Kalla said at his office on Tuesday as quoted by antaranews.com.
The plan to establish such a squad has been fully supported by the House of Representatives.
The National Police have proposed a Rp 2.6 trillion (US$192 million) allocation from the state budget to establish the squad.
Around Rp 768 billion would be for the wages of 3,560 personnel, Rp 359 billion for investigation tasks and Rp 1.55 trillion for equipment and facilities.
The police's plan sparked concern from the public as it seemed to be part of a "political agenda" to undermine the KPK.
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said he wanted the squad to have the same authority as the KPK. The antigraft body currently has both investigative and prosecutorial powers, while the police can only conduct investigations, prosecutions must be left to the AGO.
Tito said he would elaborate on the plan to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. (foy/bbs)
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