The National Police recalled 20 detectives assigned to work with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) amid a tense investigation into the graft-tained purchase of Rp 196.87 billion ($20.7 million) worth of driving simulators, a KPK official said.
The recall will likely hinder the antigraft body’s ability to investigate new corruption cases, KPK spokesman Johan Budi said.
“It is disturbing [that] 20 detectives [were recalled], while the KPK is handling so many cases,” Johan said on Friday.
The detectives had been working with the KPK for a year, Johan said. Under the government regulations they could have been assigned to work with the anticorruption organization for four years, with the option to renew their contracts.
Most of the detectives were handling more than once case, Johan said.
National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said the detectives were recalled because their term at the KPK had ended.
Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) said on Saturday that the recall was no coincidence.
“Undeniably, the recall of twenty detectives assigned to the KPK by the National Police was caused by a conflict created by the driving simulator case investigation,” ICW law researcher Donal Fariz said on Saturday.
This latest tit-for-tat incident with the KPK will only further tarnish the National Police’s image, Donal said.
“KPK should be able to keep those detectives,” he said.