Newly appointed Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Chief Abraham Samad was born in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Nov. 27 1966. He completed his bachelor of law degree at Hasanuddin University in 1993 and went on to pursue a Masters degree at the same university before going on to gain his doctoral degree there in 2010.
Abraham has pursued his career as an attorney since 1995. His early career saw him dedicating his time as an NGO advocate at the South Sulawesi’s Anti-Corruption Committee (ACC), where he acted as both founder and coordinator.
With the ACC, Abraham focused his services on fighting corruption for a better government and public service system.
Later on in his career, Abraham became affiliated with several Islamic groups and prolific figures.
He was known to be close with the hard-line Makassar group, the Jundullah Troops, and was a lawyer for its parent organization Committee to Uphold Islamic Sharia (KPSI).
In 2002 he was the lawyer for terrorism defendant Agus Dwikarna, an Indonesian citizen who was sentenced to 17 years in prison by a Philippine court for being apprehended at the Manila airport in possession of explosives. Dwikarna was also charged with having links with terrorist networks operating in Southeast Asia.
Convicted terrorist Abu Bakar Ba’asyir was another Islamic figure Abraham was reportedly familiar with. When Ba’asyir visited Makassar in July 2009, Abraham acted as his companion.
The House of Representatives’ Commission III on legal affairs and laws, human rights and security named Abraham Samad as the new Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chief on Friday after a voting process.
Abraham bested other candidates for the position, such as Busyro Muqqodas, Bambang Widjojanto, Adnan Pandu Praja and Zulkarnain, by securing 43 of 56 votes.
Abraham will lead the commission until 2015.