The Straits Times
Published on Nov 02, 2012

Indonesian judges face random drug tests after arrest


JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesia's judiciary will be randomly tested for drugs after a judge was arrested at a Jakarta nightclub last month on suspicion of possessing ecstasy and crystal meth.

The arrest of the judge, who was allegedly accompanied by prostitutes when he was caught at the club called Illigals, sparked an uproar and is the latest challenge for what critics say is a corruption-ridden judiciary.

The national narcotics agency said it struck an agreement with the judicial commission to subject judges to unannounced urine tests.

"The use of drugs by judges is a breach of their code of ethics and will clearly disrupt their performance," said Mr Asep Rahman Fajar, a spokesman for the commission, which oversees the work of the country's judges.