Friday, January 15, 2021

Indonesia corruption agency KPK arrests elections commissioner over bribery allegations

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The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan during an operation on Wednesday.

The antigraft body’s chairman, Firli Bahuri, confirmed the arrest.

“We have arrested figures suspected of giving and accepting bribes. [One of them is a] KPU commissioner identified as WS,” Firli told journalists on Wednesday.

However, he did not disclose further details regarding the arrest, as more information will be announced during a press briefing on Thursday.

It is not the first time an official from the country’s election body has been implicated in a graft case. The KPK arrested a number of KPU officials in 2005, including then-chairman Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin, for alleged bribery pertaining to the procurement of 2004 general election materials.

Nazaruddin was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment after appealing an initial ruling at the Supreme Court.

Wednesday’s arrest was the antigraft body’s second after the controversial revision of the KPK Law took effect in October. It was also the second arrest under the chairmanship of three-star police general Firli.

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