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Police generals vie for key KPK position

first_imgAfter days of pressure from civil society organizations over a lack of accountability, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has revealed the names of the three remaining candidates for the commission’s deputy for law enforcement position.KPK acting spokesperson Ali Fikri said in a statement on Friday that all of the remaining candidates were police generals: Yogyakarta Police deputy chief Brig. Gen. Karyoto, South Sumatra Police deputy chief Brig. Gen. Rudi Setiawan and National Police Education and Training Institute (Lemdiklat Polri) detective training program head Brig. Gen. Agus Nugroho.The three candidates passed the administrative assessment in early March. They will undergo the next phases of the selection process, a medical checkup and interview, from April 2 to 7. While the position is usually filled by police generals or other law enforcement officers, anticorruption activists have said that putting a police general in the position would cause conflicts of interest.Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) said on Wednesday that public trust in the antigraft body would be eroded further if the position was filled by people “lacking integrity and capacity”. Read also: ‘Maybe it’s working’: KPK says lack of raids thanks to successful prevention methodAli dismissed the criticism, saying the selection process had been carried out openly. He said the KPK had not restricted anyone from applying for the position.“As long as the applicants fulfill our terms and conditions, they are welcome to enter the selection process,” Ali said. “The KPK already has a good work system. All of our work here can be measured for its accountability.”Activists have also demanded that the antigraft body restart the selection process, saying the commission had not been transparent about the process. The KPK had not previously disclosed the names of candidates.The KPK also did not involve the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) in this year’s selection. The institution was involved in checking the financial backgrounds of each candidate in previous searches.In addition to the deputy for law enforcement position, the KPK is also selecting candidates to fill other key posts, namely investigation director, legal bureau head as well as deputy for information and data. The last position is responsible for all wiretapping conducted by the antigraft body.All the remaining candidates for the other three positions have given presentations and have been interviewed.Since police general Firli Bahuri was inaugurated as the KPK chairman in December 2019, the antigraft body has been routinely criticized for its sluggish law enforcement. It has only arrested two high-profile graft suspects in the period: Sidoarjo Regent Saiful Ilah and General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan.Topics :center_img Whoever triumphs will hold a key position within the antigraft body, as the deputy for law enforcement oversees all legal processes against graft suspects.last_img read more

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Moyes men frustrate Gunners

first_imgArsenal were denied a return to top spot in the Barclays Premier League after Manchester United battled to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium. Chances were at a premium between the two sides, with the best coming in the opening minutes as former Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, now in the United camp, and home striker Olivier Giroud should both have scored. Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny pushed a bullet header from the Holland forward against the crossbar in the second half of a match which ultimately failed to live up to its billing, leaving Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea still top of the league. Press Association Arsenal were looking to return to the top of the table following Chelsea’s draw at West Brom, and boss Arsene Wenger made two changes in the wake of the 5-1 mauling at Liverpool, with Tomas Rosicky and Kieran Gibbs starting. Wenger’s men had been caught sleeping by Liverpool’s fast start on Saturday, and they were almost behind within the opening minute again, as they were at Anfield, when Arteta gave the ball away on the edge of the penalty area. However, Van Persie, so prolific in the season before he left the Emirates Stadium, scuffed his shot and Szczesny got down to save. Arsenal then went on the offensive, with a goal-bound shot from Jack Wilshere blocked before Giroud headed wide from five yards following the resulting corner. A 20-yard strike from Rosicky spiralled up off the back of United captain Nemanja Vidic, who is set to leave at the end of the season, and almost wrong-footed goalkeeper David De Gea. Van Persie beat the offside trap after 17 minutes down the left channel, but then made a complete hash of his cross, which flew through the penalty area and out of play on the far side. The tempo of the match dropped before Giroud cracked a 20-yard effort high and wide following a good spell of Arsenal pressure. There was a brief stoppage when home left-back Gibbs needed treatment following a heavy fall after making a header in the United box – which left Red Devils manager Moyes fuming after play was correctly called back by referee Mark Clattenburg. United’s Brazilian full-back Rafael then also had to be treated after coming off worse in a 50/50 challenge with Giroud. Cazorla crashed a 20-yard shot into the back of Wilshere as the first half fizzled out. United were forced into a change at the start of the second half as struggling Rafael was replaced by Rio Ferdinand, who made his first Premier League appearance since November. Having been frustrated by United’s determined midfield display, Arsenal almost snatched the lead after 61 minutes when Valencia’s headed clearance under the crossbar thwarted Koscielny. Szczesny was then quick off his line to head clear as Van Persie closed in on the Arsenal penalty area. Both sides made a change as the match entered the final 15 minutes, as United replaced Juan Mata with Adnan Januzaj and Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on for Rosicky. Arsenal were close again when Sagna’s right-wing cross was just ahead of Giroud as he raced in at the near post. With 10 minutes left, Van Persie could have won it when he met a floated cross from Rooney at the far post with his powerful header, from which Szczesny produced his heroics. There was time for De Gea and Cazorla to have their personal battle in the late stages, but neither side had really done enough to earn victory. David Moyes’ visitors were almost gifted a lead inside the first minute when Mikel Arteta gave the ball away to Van Persie, but the one-time Arsenal skipper saw his scuffed shot saved. French forward Giroud headed an Arsenal corner wide from inside the six-yard box in what was an electric start. However, the tempo of the match then dropped, with only a deflected effort from Tomas Rosicky causing United goalkeeper David De Gea some concern during the lull. United – looking to make up ground on the top four following their 2-2 draw at home with Fulham – continued to frustrate Arsenal with a determined midfield display, closing down space quickly when not on the ball. When Arsenal did get into second gear as the hour passed, Antonio Valencia cleared a header off the line from Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny. Giroud just could not get on the end of a great cross from right-back Bacary Sagna before, at the other end, Szczesny tipped a bullet header from Van Persie against the frame of the goal. De Gea twice saved from Santi Cazorla during the closing stages as Arsenal pressed for a winner, but each team had to be content with a point. United made two changes following the disappointment of the Fulham result, as Tom Cleverley and Valencia came in, while midfielder Marouane Fellaini was on the bench following a long lay-off with a groin problem. last_img read more

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Cook Islands Sevens team prepares for Oceania meet

first_imgThe Cook Islands Rugby Union (CIRU) this week released the 22-member squad. In a statement, CIRU says the national 7s head coach Chris Roden will be visiting Rarotonga from August 4 to 7 to observe the local talent at the Cook Islands Games 7s tournament to be played on August 6 and 7 at the BCI Stadium.Roden has also visited overseas Cook Islands 7s players in Auckland and Melbourne.“Apart from playing in the local league and rugby union competitions, some of the local players have also been attending extra gym and cross-fit sessions to improve their strength and conditioning,” the statement says.The Oceania 7s tournament will be held on November 14 and 15 in Auckland, New Zealand. Meanwhile, The Bond Store Rarotonga Club 15s competition will resume after the Constitution Celebrations.The second round of the competition will start middle of next month. Defending champions Takuvaine Reds lead after an unbeaten run in the opening round of the competition.Players Teina Savage, Eddie Marama, Tautua Solomona, Bernard Faireka, Peter Natua, Timo Tangirere, Johnny Marsters, Moti Saamu, Mana Havi, Saulosi Nagi, Logo Leuta, Vatu Sika, James Tofilau, Jerry Labaibure, Elaisa Ravula, Andrew Purua, B J Heather, Teu Paerau, Hugh Henry, Mata Andrew Matapakia, Thomas Potoru, Jason Potoru.last_img read more

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