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Justice Tarnished Again

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Kompas/Alif Ichwan

South Jakarta District Court substitute court clerk Tarmizi (right) leaves the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters in South Jakarta wearing a KPK prisonerโ€™s vest after undergoing questioning on Wednesday (23/8). Tarmizi was questioned by KPK investigators in relation to a bribe he allegedly accepted to influence the verdict of a civil dispute case in the South Jakarta District Court.

The arrest of the South Jakarta District Court substitute clerk, Tarmizi, by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has further tarnished the face of the judicial system.

Tarmizi was arrested by the KPK on Monday (21/8) because he was suspected of receiving Rp 400 million in bribes from Akhmadi Zaini, the lawyer of PT Aquamarine Divindo Inspection (ADI). It is believed the bribery is related to an October 2016 civil suit concerning a breach of contract,through which PT ADI has been sued for compensation of US$7.6 million and S$131,000 by Eastern Jason Fabrication Services (EJFS). Tarmizi was expected to influence the court\'s verdict.