Thursday, May 14, 2009
Police corruption in Indonesia
Promise of reform in police force a lost cause
Promised reforms in the police force are progressing too slowly and are not in line with realities in the field.
Recent events have shown the potential for police to become involved in criminal activity. Former South Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Wiliardi Wizar was arrested recently for his alleged involvement in the high-profile murder of businessman Nasruddin Zulkarnaen.
In a two-month period at the end of last year, more than 750 officers were caught accepting bribes, 440 were charged with disciplinary action, 230 were reprimanded for breaching
their duties and around 40 others engaged in criminal acts.
The high instance of extortion by police officers at seaports had caused big losses in the business sector and discouraged investors from continuing operations in the country.