Law Enforcers Sign Whistle-Blower Protection Agreement

Jakarta Globe, UlmaHaryanto, July 19, 2011

Agus Condro, the whistleblower in the Miranda Goeltom Bank Indonesia
bribery scandal. (JG Photo/Safir Makki)  

Topofficials from Indonesian law enforcement institutions gathered at the AryadutaHotel in Central Jakarta on Tuesday to sign an agreement granting protection towhistle-blowers as an integral part in the fight against crime.

"Thisagreement is a joint commitment of law enforcement institutions to provideprotection to whistle-blowers as justice collaborators," said Abdul Haris,chairman of the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK).

He wasjoined at the signing by Supreme Court Chief Justice Harifin A. Tumpa, JudicialMafia Eradication Work Unit chief Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Coordinating Ministerfor Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto, National Police ChiefTimur Pradopo, Justice and Human Rights minister Patrialis Akbar, AttorneyGeneral Basrief Arief, and Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairmanBusyro Muqoddas.

Protectionfor whistle-blowers, Haris said, was important in revealing corruption andother serious or organized crimes.

JudicialMafia Eradication Task Force secretary Denny Indrayana added that his team,together with the LPSK, had pushed for a revision of the 2006 Law on Witnessand Victim Protection.

"Throughthe joint agreement and international seminar we hope to have helped lawenforcement officials understand the issues and speed up the revisionprocess," Denny said.

It isunclear if the new agreement would affect the sentencing of the whistle-blowerin the Miranda Goeltom Bank Indonesia bribery scandal.

The man whowent public with the case, Agus Condro Prayitno, a former lawmaker from theIndonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), is serving a 15-month jailsentence for accepting a bribe in exchange for voting for Miranda as a BankIndonesia deputy governor in 2004.

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