He added that the terminated cases had been quite diverse, namely allegations of corruption lodged against regional heads, state-owned enterprise (SOE) executives, law enforcement officials, high-ranking officials of ministries and other state bodies, as well as members of the legislative body.However, the spokesperson said that such termination was not unusual as the antigraft body had terminated hundreds of cases since its establishment.“In the last five years, the KPK has terminated the investigation of 162 cases,” said Ali.Read also: Manpower shortage hampers KPK investigations Topics : The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has confirmed that it has stopped preliminary investigations for 36 cases, raising skepticism over the performance of the country’s leading antigraft agency under its new leadership.KPK acting spokesperson Ali Fikri said the antigraft body had considered “carefully and responsibly” before making the decision.“Some cases had been worked on since 2011. They also did not fulfill requirements to be processed further, such as lacking preliminary evidence, not identified as an act of corruption and other reasons that can be legally accounted for,” Ali said in a statement on Thursday. During a preliminary investigation, KPK investigators are tasked with determining whether a case involves an act of corruption. They are also required to gather sufficient and strong evidence before deciding whether to continue the investigation or name any graft suspect in the case. Otherwise, the investigation should be terminated.Article 40 of Law No. 30/2002 on the KPK prohibits the antigraft body from stopping a case at the investigation or prosecution stage; prompting investigators to ensure that all cases at the preliminary stage have strong evidence.The provision, however, was revised in the 2019 KPK Law, allowing the antigraft body to terminate an investigation and prosecution of a graft case if they have not been completed within two years.“Our investigators are still required to handle graft cases carefully,” Ali said.The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has condemned the investigation termination, doubting whether the antigraft body had carried out case screenings for each case before finally deciding to terminate them.“KPK leaders should not get trapped into committing abuse of power in deciding investigation terminations because the cases allegedly involve important people, such as regional leaders, law enforcers and legislative members,” ICW activist Wana Alamsyah said in a statement on Thursday.“Moreover, the KPK chairman is an active police officer, so it is feared that there has been a conflict of interest,” he went on to say, referring to the antigraft body’s current chairman, Firli Bahuri, a three-star police general.Read also: KPK chairman Firli named in Muara Enim bribery trialWana highlighted the number of terminated cases, saying that the KPK had on average terminated two cases every month in five years. However, the number spiked to 36 cases two months after the new leaders were inaugurated.“When we look deeper into the matter, the current leadership has yet to start an investigation,” he said.The KPK recently arrested Saiful Ilah, the regent of Sidoarjo in East Java, as well as General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan last month. However, the investigation of both cases started during the tenure of previous chairman Agus Rahardjo. The ICW quoted a survey by Jakarta-based pollster Alvara Research Center on Feb. 12 that showed public satisfaction toward the current KPK leadership had plunged.“With the large number of cases terminated in the preliminary investigation process, it reinforces the public’s notion that the KPK’s performance in terms of law enforcement against corruption will decline sharply,” said Wana.
Advertisement Wenger has been keeping busy on punditry duty and worked with Jose Mourinho – also linked with the Newcastle job – during the Champions League final (Picture: beIN SPORTS)Asked about the Newcastle speculation, and whether he is close to a return to management, Wenger told France24: ‘Not in the near future, no. I’m still not ready to go back.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I thought yes but I don’t think at the moment I will come back. I’m more open now than a year ago to talk about that but I cannot tell you that in the next two or three days I will go into management again.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I took a little bit of distance and I enjoyed it. I worked for 35 years without any interruptions, so I think I deserved a little rest.’Wenger has previously suggested he would not be prepared to return to the Premier League given his 22-year allegiance to Arsenal, but that stance appears to have changed slightly. Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 27 Jun 2019 11:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link400Shares ‘Why not?’ Wenger has surprisingly opened the door to taking over at a Premier League club despite his ties to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Asked his preferred destination, he continued: ‘Well I would prefer to try another country, although my preferred time was in England because the Premier League is the place to be at the moment.‘But for me it is very difficult because I was for so long at the same club. But why not? I still need a bit of time to pass and then maybe make the decision.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsene Wenger plays down Newcastle United rumours but opens door to Premier League return Advertisement The former Arsenal boss is still not quite ready to return to management (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has distanced himself from the Newcastle United job and says he is still not ready to return to management just yet – though could consider a Premier League job in the future.It is over a year since the Frenchman left Arsenal and he has been linked with a host of jobs ever since, from national team roles to sporting director positions and even a return to Japan.Most recently, Wenger’s name has been mooted as a potential successor to Rafa Benitez at St James’ Park, but the 69-year-old says he wants to enjoy his rest for a little while longer.
Comments Point guardScoop Jardine was instrumental in leading Syracuse to perhaps its two biggest road victories of the 2010-11 season last week against Villanova and Georgetown. Against Villanova, he scored 20. Against Georgetown, he paced the Orange down the stretch when the Hoyas made their run to get back into what was once a lopsided contest. When he’s on, Jardine is a huge key for SU. He showed last week he can take over and win games for this team.Advantage: SyracuseShooting guardBrandon Triche cooled off shooting-wise against Georgetown, but he’s been impressive as well to complement Jardine in the backcourt in SU’s four-game winning streak. And even when he didn’t contribute last Saturday at Georgetown (1-of-7 shooting), Triche went a cool 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. He has made a notable 27 consecutive free throws, including many in the clutch.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAdvantage: SyracuseSmall forwardKris Joseph was almost nonexistent in the Orange’s two wins last week, which only proves SU has a core group out of which any player can step up and win games. He scored seven points against Villanova and just four against Georgetown. And though Syracuse survived on the road without his contributions, he needs to start playing better heading into postseason play. Against DePaul, he’ll have a favorable matchup against an undersized Blue Demons team.Advantage: SyracusePower forwardRick Jackson will undoubtedly look to go out of the Carrier Dome with a bang in his senior swan song. And it would be fitting with the year he’s had thus far as undoubtedly the Orange’s MVP. He’ll be matched up against another undersized Blue Demon in the 6-foot-6, 225-pound sophomore Tony Freeland. And he should be able to dominate once again inside, both on offense and defense.Advantage: SyracuseCenterSince taking over the starting position in SU’s loss at Louisville from fellow freshman Fab Melo, Baye Moussa Keita has actually played fewer minutes in all five games compared with his season average. Most of the playing time here has gone to C.J. Fair as Jackson shifts to the center spot. When DePaul’s Krys Faber is matched up against Moussa Keita, he’ll have the edge.Advantage: DePaulBenchFair is the key here as he tries to rebound off his shakiest performance in a while at Georgetown. He played only 11 minutes and was held scoreless by a relentless Hoyas defense. But overall, he’s played well lately, and SU head coach Jim Boeheim can also plug in Dion Waiters and James Southerland, who shot well against Georgetown. DePaul doesn’t have much of a bench and is playing with only nine scholarship players.Advantage: Syracuse — Compiled by Brett LoGiurato, sports editor, email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm