Indonesia Anti-Graft Agency Braces for Challenges After Court Ruling

A senior official said on Wednesday that Indonesia's main anti-graft agency is bracing for a flood of legal challenges from corruption convicts and suspects after a court verdict threw into question the legitimacy of its investigations.
Local media reported that a Jakarta court judge on Tuesday ruled that the agency's investigation of graft suspect Hadi Purnomo was illegal because the Corruption Eradication Commission used independent investigators no longer with the police or the Attorney General's Office.
The verdict is the latest blow to the popular agency, which has been severely weakened over the past four months by attacks from the police, the Attorney General's Office, the vice president, and members of President Joko Widodo's own political party.
Acting commissioner Johan Budi said, "The impact of this verdict could potentially make graft suspects and even convicts file lawsuits, which would drain the energy and resources of the KPK."
He added the agency was preparing to appeal against the court ruling.