Indonesian police detain investigator

Indonesian police detained a top anti-graft investigator on Friday to question him over his role in the deadly shooting of a thief more than a decade ago, the latest blow to the widely popular law enforcement agency.

The Corruption Eradication Agency (KPK), popular among ordinary Indonesians for being a thorn in the side of the Indonesian establishment, has been severely weakened over the past four months in a tit-for-tat feud with the police. President Joko Widodo has done little to protect the agency, raising questions over his anti-graft credentials in a country that Transparency International’s corruption perception index ranks below China and Niger. KPK investigator Novel Baswedan, a cousin of Education Minister Anis Baswedan, was arrested at his home in North Jakarta after the police deemed him uncooperative with the investigation of his case. “We have called him two times for questioning but he did not show up without proper reason,” said police spokesman Agus Rianto. Somewhat unusually, Widodo urged police not to arrest KPK investigator Baswedan.