KPK to Study Reports of Sex-service Graft

JAKARTA

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will study reports of grafts in the form of sex services delivered to offices, its spokesman Johan Budi said.

“There have been indications that it happens, but no empiric data confirming this is presently available,” he stated here.

He noted that until now, the KPK has never received reports about these kinds of grafts. The issue has not yet been studied because no incident has been reported to the KPK, he added.

He remarked that giving state officials gifts to manipulate them to either act or avoid acting on any issue relating to their state duties is an act of graft.

If the graft is not reported within 30 working days, it could become a criminal act of bribery, he added.

A researcher of Yogyakarta-based State University of Gajadmada’s Anti-Corruption Study Center, Oce Madril, had previously called on the KPK to maximise the use of its legal authority to bug telephones and monitor conversations to unveil sex-service graft cases.

He said this kind of service usually accompanies the main graft, which is typically in the form of money or property.

The KPK’s director of graft affairs Giri Supradiono meanwhile pointed out that depending on the law, grafts may not always be in the form of cash but could also be in the form of entertainment.

In view of this, he noted that it was now time for Indonesia to learn from Singapore, which has already implemented a penalty for grafts provided in the form of sex services.

“Indeed, [the case] is not easy to prove. It is a matter of case building, and so, it must be proven,” he emphasised.

Giri explained that so far, the KPK has not received any reports of a sex-service graft case.

Based on Article 12B paragraph 1 of Law Number 20 of 2001 on corruption, a graft is broadly defined as providing money, discounts, articles, travel tickets, loans with no interest, commissions, hotel service, a free tour package, and free medical treatment.

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