At least 360 Indonesians jailed for corruption

JAKARTA - Vice President Boediono has said 360 people have been jailed for corruption since 2002, including lawmakers, police officers, government officials, bankers, provincial governors, judges, city mayors and businessmen.

"Many more cases, meanwhile, are still being investigated," he said in a lecture on "Transforming Indonesia: The Challenges of Good Governance and Economic Development" at Oxford University in the UK on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency.

He noted that one programme to improve governance was eradicating corruption, and the prgram had now moved to the top of the national agenda.

Surveys have consistently shown that corruption is seen by the Indonesian public as their number one enemy.

Boediono said that an anti-corruption mentality had begun to spread throughout public institutions.

Although corruption eradication efforts had been intensified, much had still to be done, he said.

In the Corruption Perception Index 2012, Indonesia was ranked 118th out of 176 countries, which was worse than the year before (ranked 100th), although the index had actually improved to 3.0-3.2 in a 1-10 scale.

The Global Competitiveness Index 2012-2013 showed improvements in the ethics and corruption category, in which Indonesia's ranking improved from 135 in 2010 to 87 this year.

The implementation of regional autonomy, Boediono said, had also opened new opportunities for corruption, as more power and resources were given to regions.