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KPK speeds up Hambalang
case investigation

Former Sports and Youth Minister Andi Alfian Mallarangeng, center, is accompanied by his aides as he speaks during a press conference announcing his resignation in Jakarta on Friday. Andi resigned Friday after becoming the country's first active cabinet member to be named as a suspect in the Hambalang sports complex graft case. (AP/Tatan Syuflana)
Former Sports and Youth Minister Andi Alfian Mallarangeng, center, is accompanied by his aides as he speaks during a press conference announcing his resignation in Jakarta on Friday. Andi resigned Friday after becoming the country's first active cabinet member to be named as a suspect in the Hambalang sports complex graft case. (AP/Tatan Syuflana)

Former Sports and Youth Minister Andi Alfian Mallarangeng, center, is accompanied by his aides as he speaks during a press conference announcing his resignation in Jakarta on Friday. Andi resigned Friday after becoming the country's first active cabinet member to be named as a suspect in the Hambalang sports complex graft case. (AP/Tatan Syuflana)

 One day after naming former Youth and Sports Minister Andi Alfian Mallarangeng as a suspect in the Hambalang sports complex scandal, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said on Friday that the antigraft body would move fast on the case.

“On Tuesday next week, we will summon two case witnesses,” said KPK chairman Abraham Samad, referring to Andi’s brother Zulkarnain “Choel” Mallarangeng and businessman M. Arif Taufiqrahman.

The KPK had imposed a travel ban on Andi, Choel and Arif, which will be in effect for the next six months, on Thursday.

Abraham added that Choel and Arif were still listed as witnesses but could be named as suspects should the following investigation implicate them in the case.

Abraham said that the KPK would summon Andi after questioning the two witnesses.

Andi, the first active minister to be named as a suspect in a corruption scandal, announced his resignation on Friday morning.

“The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) ban on my travel yesterday is enough of a reason for me to resign,” the Democratic Party politician said.

Andi said that he had met the President, Vice President and coordinating people’s welfare minister this morning and handed them his resignation letter.

“I explained my situation and they accepted my decision,” he said.

Abraham said that Andi was accused of abusing his authority to enrich himself and other parties or persons, a violation of articles 2 and 3 of the 1999 Corruption Law.

The KPK launched its investigation in to the construction of the Hambalang sports complex worth Rp 1.17 trillion (US$265 million) in West Java in late 2010.

Prior to Andi, the KPK had named Dedy Kusnidar, chief of the Youth and Sports Ministry’s financial and internal affairs bureau, as a suspect in the scandal. (lfr)

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