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KPK prosecutors hunt for
Mochtar

Mochtar Muhammad: Former Bekasi Mayor. Kompas/Cokorda YudistiraFile information
Mochtar Muhammad: Former Bekasi Mayor. Kompas/Cokorda YudistiraFile information

A team of prosecutors from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is searching for graft convict Bekasi Mayor Mochtar Mohamad to make him serve a six-year prison sentence.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mochtar, who is a politician from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), ignored a second KPK summons.

In early March, the Supreme Court’s appellate panel ruled in favor of the KPK and sentenced Mochtar to six years in jail after the Bandung Corruption Court acquitted Mochtar in November last year on four counts of graft centering on the illegal management of the Bekasi budget.

Instead of immediately arresting and putting Mochar in prison, the KPK instead summons Mochtar. The KPK waited until 5 p.m. for Mochtar to turn himself in.

"He did not show up by 5 p.m. So, the KPK has decided to take firm action against him. We will force him," KPK spokesperson Johan Budi said. "A team of prosecutors is currently searching for Mochtar."

However, Johan said he was not able to disclose the latest findings, saying that he had yet to be informed whether the team had detained him or where they were deployed.

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