The Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) [official website] confirmed [press release] Thursday that it had arrested a Constitutional Court [official website] judge in an investigation involving three other suspects and as many as 10 other detainments. The investigation surrounds allegations that the judge and another official accepted bribes from the two remaining suspects in return for favorable rulings. The KPK intends to request [Reuters report] that the judge be removed from his position.
The battle against corruption has been an international struggle. Earlier this week Transparency International reported [JURIST report] on a strong correlation between corruption and social exclusion worldwide. Also this month India’s Supreme Court threw out [JURIST report] a corruption case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. That same month Thailand’s National Reform Steering Committee, which is appointed by the military, proposed a new law on stating that Thai officials convicted of corruption involving more than 1 billion baht (USD $28 million) would be eligible for the death penalty [JURIST report]. Again in January China’s President Xi Jinping declared that the nation’s battle against corruption [JURIST report] “must go deeper,” stressing the need for the Communist Party to be governed “systematically, creatively and efficiently.”