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Indonesia: UNODC support anti-corruption training for judges

Bogor (Indonesia), 28 January 2010 - The Hon. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Indonesia, Harifin Tumpa, officially opened the Anti-Corruption Awareness Training and Certification for senior judges at the Judicial Training Centre on Sunday, 17 January 2010. The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Hon. Vice Chief Justice, Hon. Deputy Chief Justices, and other justices of the Supreme Court, UNODC and 120 participants who passed the pre-selection phase between 13 and 16 January 2010.

"The training is aimed to select best quality of judges in handling corruption cases, which currently is a rampant problem throughout Indonesia," said Mr. Tumpa. The Supreme Court has given high priority for this training, as it is provided in the new Anti-Corruption Law enacted in October 2009 that anti-corruption courts are to be established within each of the district courts in Indonesia. The Hon. Chief Justice also pointed out that the Supreme Court has the responsibility to provide Indonesian people with a clean and effective judiciary capable of bringing them justice, particularly in corruption cases. Ajit Joy, UNODC Crime Preventiont Expert, said, "Our training programme, I am sure, will help in enhancing the ranks of judicial officers who will contribute in the fight against corruption in Indonesia. Judges who will lead and further contribute to the clean and effective face of the judiciary."

UNODC has fully supported this training through phase two of the project entitled Strengthening judicial integrity and capacity in Indonesia, which is funded by the Government of Germany. The training is being managed and coordinated in close cooperation with the Supreme Court and is aligned with the Supreme Court's training guidelines, processes and procedures.

140 senior judges with at least 15 years of experience from throughout Indonesia were invited to attend the pre-selection, but only 120 participants passed the test. The full course will be held until 30 January 2010. It is expected that, once they have completed the training, the participants will be in leading positions in anti-corruption courts at the provincial level.

The Supreme Court aims to have at least 1,500 judges capable of handling corruption cases.