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'The Endgame' forebodes 'death' of Indonesia's anti-graft fight

Documentary shows top investigators weeded out in supposed radicalist purge

Indonesia's anti-graft agency officials show evidence of a million-dollar bribery case of goods to be distributed as COVID-19 social assistance packages at a press conference at Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters in Jakarta on Dec. 6, 2020    © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Novel Baswedan has endured many things in his 14 years as an investigator at Indonesia's anti-graft agency. They include incrimination attempts, being hit twice on his motorbike, and an acid attack that rendered him permanently near-blind.

But Baswedan survived through all of those as well as many threats and other forms of intimidation, faithfully committed to his duties at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) -- until he failed the so-called nationalism tests for civil servants, which led to his suspension last month and an imminent permanent dismissal.

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