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Indonesian police overdue for reform, sweeping powers must be curbed: Analysts

Indonesia's former inspector-general Ferdy Sambo, who is accused of murdering his bodyguard, at the South Jakarta court on Oct 17, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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JAKARTA – Indonesia’s police force, facing a public backlash following recent back-to-back scandals involving senior officers, should get its sweeping powers curbed, said analysts.

When the national police was carved out as a separate civilian organisation from the Suharto-era military in 2002, the National Police Law passed then endowed the force with wide-ranging powers.

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