In Indonesia, middlemen mold outcome of justice by persuading corrupt police officers, prosecutors and judges to drop a case against a client for the right amount of money

by Norimitsu Onishi

JAKARTA, Indonesia — They have long worked illegally in the shadows of Indonesia’s police stations, attorney general’s office and courts, the common link in what is called Indonesia’s “judicial mafia.” Called “markuses,” they are middlemen who can persuade corrupt police officers, prosecutors and judges to drop a case against a client for the right amount of money.

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