KPK to Introduce New Line of Detainee Uniforms
Novianti Setuningsih & Ezra Sihite
Short sleeves or long? Red or Black? How about hand cuffs for accessories?
While graft suspects and convicts might not be able to spend their ill (or allegedly ill) gotten gains on the finer clothes in Southeast Asia, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will soon offer their detainees a new line of threads.
“Some of the uniforms have red shirts with black stripes. But they have not been finalized. From six models, we will select one or two,” said KPK spokesman Johan Budi on Monday.
Regardless of the final choices, each detainee will be given two different uniforms, one which will be worn at the KPK detention center, and the other at court proceedings. All uniforms will include the words “Tahanan KPK” (“KPK Detainee”) across the front.
Furthermore, female detainees will be given long-sleeve shirts, while males will have short-sleeves.
“We’re still discussing the budget, but it will not big — around Rp 50,000 ($5) for each shirt,” Johan said. “We’re preparing between 100 to 200 shirts.”
The House of Representatives Commission III, which oversees legal affairs (and has recently had a strained relationship with the KPK over funding for the anti-corruption body’s request for a new building), is concerned that the KPK’s proposal, especially having suspects in uniform at trial, undermines the ethos of innocent until proven guilty.
“Suspects in our legal system are not guilty but allegedly guilty, so they have rights protected by the constitution and should be respected,” Gede Pasek Suardika, head of the House Commission III, said on Tuesday.
The KPK continues stay busy prosecuting corruption — the Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) has estimated that about Rp 200 trillion ($21.2 billion) is embezzled every year through rigged bids.