The Yogyakarta Anticorruption Network that consist of PUKAT FH UGM, ICM, LBH Yogyakarta, JCW and Forum LSM has encouraged the Anti-corruption Commission (KPK) to investigate the corruption allegations involving Chair of Constitutional Court, Akil Mochtar. Zainal Arifin Mochtar from PUKAT UGM considered the arrest of Akil Mochtar by the Commission is a big blow to the Court.
“The commission arresting people is usually a proven case. So, don’t see this as an effort to bribe Akil Mochtar,” said Zainal in the office of PUKAT UGM, Thursday (3/10).
Zainal added that the Court had been seen as a clean institution, but it turned out that it had recruited ‘dirty people’. This will surely and directly affect the performance of judicial proceedings. This does not mean, however, that the Court needs to be disbanded.
“Let’s support and save the Commission. Arrest the culprit, but don’t destroy the institution,” he explained.
He further urged the Honorary Council of the Court to immediately dismiss Akil Mochtar as Chair of the Court and track down whether other constitutional courts are involved. The Court has to convince the public by dismissing all corrupt officials in the Constitutional Court.
Reportedly, on Wednesday (2/10) the Commission arrested five officials. One of them is Chair of Constitutional Court, Akil Mochtar. It is related to bribery allegations revolving around the elections of regional leaders of Gunung Mas regency, Central Kalimantan.