Judicial corruption major challenge for Indonesia, World Bank head says

Judicial corruption major challenge for Indonesia, World Bank head says

[JURIST] World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz [official profile] said Tuesday that corruption of its judicial system is one of the largest challenges Indonesia [JURIST news archive] faces in attracting more investment. Wolfowitz said cleaning up the courts would help the country attract foreign investors and ensure economic growth. Wolfowitz, the former US deputy defense secretary, was speaking [transcript] in Jakarta after meeting with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono [BBC profile] and economic ministers about World Bank [official website] loans for the upcoming year and the country's recovery from the tsunami [World Bank backgrounder; JURIST news archive] disaster in the Aceh region. Earlier this year, Wolfowitz promised to target corruption [JURIST report] in governments that deal with bank and within the organization itself.

Indonesia has struggled to reign in corruption in its judicial system, with Transparency International [advocacy website] calling it one of the most corruption-prone countries in the world. Yudhoyono has pledged to fight corruption since being elected in 2004. AFP has more.