On 6 October the House of Representatives passed a law giving anti-corruption officials greater powers to investigate and prosecute crime. The new law contains two major features: firstly, it ends the National Police's monopoly of control over money laundering investigations, and secondly, it ensures that other law enforcers are automatically entitled to receive reports from the Financial Transaction Report and Analysis Center (PPATK), the investigative body tasked with providing evidence and reports on money laundering to official law enforcement bodies.
Previously, only the National Police were able to investigate money laundering offences, with other authorities only able to probe into corruption charges, such as the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the agency with responsibility for investigating and prosecuting corruption. Danang Widoyono, the Indonesian Corruption Watch chairman, has stated that "previously the KPK relied heavily on witness' remarks and dossiers, which could be time-consuming…with the new law enacted, illicit transactions can be automatically detected by the KPK the minute they occur. It is like catching corruption officials red-handed".
Teten Madsuki, secretary general of Transparency International Indonesia, said that the law, as passed, represented a "big step [which] will enable the KPK to bring down corrupt officials by tracing their financial transactions". However the law has still left room for improvement as the House of Representatives rejected a proposal to allow the PPATK to conduct its own investigations. The result is that the KPK and other agencies, once passed the matter, will have to repeat the initial investigations, as PPATK reports have no legal standing in court.