KPK detains former social affairs minister

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Jakarta, posted: Fri, August 31, 2018 | 08:30 pm

Former social affairs minister Idrus Marham has been named a suspect in an embezzlement case related to the development of a coal-powered power plant (PLTU) in Riau.(Antara/Rivan Awal Lingga)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) detained Idrus Marham, the former social affairs minister in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Cabinet, after hours of questioning at its headquarters in Jakarta on Friday.

Idrus, who is also a top Golkar Party politician, has been named a suspect in an embezzlement case related to the development of a coal-powered power plant (PLTU) in Riau.

“IM [Idrus Marham] will be detained for the first 20 days at the KPK’s detention center in Jakarta,” KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah said on Friday.

On Friday, KPK investigators questioned Idrus and Golkar lawmaker Eni Saragih, who is also a suspect in the case, as well as witness Dwi Hartono, the operational director for PT PJBI.

The investigators have dug deeper into past meetings and discussions on the project as well as the cooperation mechanism and scheme, which took place, said Febri.

Idrus voluntarily resigned from his ministerial post last week, citing his ethical and moral obligation to step down. He was Jokowi’s first Cabinet minister to be named a suspect in a graft case.

When asked after the questioning whether there would be more politicians implicated in the case, Idrus said, “The investigators will reveal everything.” (swd)

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