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KPK criticized over alleged
budget committee bribery
case investigation

An expert says she does not understand why the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) have decided to detain lawmaker Wa Ode Nurhayati in relation to the ongoing investigation of the House budget committee bribery case.

“I think that the KPK investigators have given up on the fact that Wa Ode had earlier declared that she possessed

significant evidence that could reveal the committee leaders’ roles in many bigger bribery cases,” expert on money laundering Yenti Garnasih of Trisakti University told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

She said the KPK should instead protect Wa Ode by further examining her evidence.

“KPK seem unwilling to discover who is the brains behind this case,” she said.

However Ucok Sky Khadafie from FITRA, an NGO that monitors state budget transparency, said he still hoped that the KPK would be able to unveil the perpetrators behind the case, no matter how slim the chances were.

“I strongly hope that KPK can draw out more important information and evidence from Wa Ode in detention so that it can be followed up by further investigation of more influential actors,” he said.

KPK investigators decided to detain Wa Ode Nurhayati from the National Mandate Party (PAN) due to reports that there was some suspicious activity in her bank accounts.

Previously, Wa Ode had been accused of receiving bribes from a businessman who had interests in regional budget evaluation. Being accused of having received bribes, Wa Ode then pointed the finger at the committee leaders who, according to Wa Ode, were the true string pullers behind many bribery cases that took place within the committee.

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