The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has repeated mentioned regional-government-issued mining licenses (IUP) as a locus of corruption. Recently, KPK Deputy Chief Laode M. Syarief told the press that there were many illegal mines in the region, and that they’re protected by armed officials, be it from the police or the military. Laode said so on the sidelines of an event held in the Bidakara Hotel yesterday (Dec. 4).

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