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KPK claims independence,
even from SBY

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chief Abraham Samad said the antigraft body served no political interests, including those of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who is also chief patron of the ruling Democratic Party.
He denied allegations that Yudhoyono and several Democratic Party officials had pushed the KPK to add Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum to its list of people implicated in a graft case surrounding the construction of the Hambalang sports center.
"We have been running the investigation that may implicate Anas.However, the ongoing investigation has nothing to do with the calls from the President," Abraham said on the sidelines of a hearing with
lawmakers on Wednesday.
Several of the Democratic Party's top brass had demanded that the KPK immediately verify Anas' legal status in the Hambalang graft case. Anas’ name came up during investigations and a hearing process and, therefore, sparked speculation that the party chief was implicated in the case.

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