Indonesia's top graft buster decries overhaul of anti-corruption body KPK as 'purge'

Indonesian anti-graft investigator Novel Baswedan is one of those who fell afoul of the controversial National Perspectives Exam.
Indonesian anti-graft investigator Novel Baswedan is one of those who fell afoul of the controversial National Perspectives Exam.PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA - Plans by Indonesia's anti-graft watchdog to remove more than 50 of its graft investigators and personnel, while subjecting two dozen more to retraining, amounts to a "purge" aimed at weakening the once-vaunted agency, said one of its top investigators.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) last month said 75 of its personnel had failed a tailor-made civics exam as part of an effort to fold the once independent body into the civil service under the auspices of the police.

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