Eight months ago, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) conducted a Sting Operation and arrested six people on suspicion of corruption involving the Ministry of Social Affairs. The KPK named several suspects, including then Minister of Social Affairs Juliari Peter Batubara. It took the KPK four more months to complete Juliari’s docket for prosecution. The proceedings lasted for another four months. On Aug. 23, 2021, the Panel of Judges declared Juliari guilty as charged. The punishment was heavier than what the prosecutors demanded, but several of the Judges’ considerations made the public furious.

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