MK chief justice, Golkar lawmaker arrested for bribery charges
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has announced the arrest of Constitutional Court (MK) Chief Justice Akil Mochtar, a Golkar Party politician named Chairunissa, Gunung Mas Regent Hambit Bintih and two businessmen identified as CN and DH over bribery charges on Wednesday night in a sting operation.
KPK spokesman Johan Budi SP said the investigators had also seized around Rp 3 billion worth of Singapore dollars from Akil's house as evidence. 'We are now still questioning them,' Johan said as quoted by kompas.com.
The money was allegedly given to Akil as bribe money so he would deliver a ruling in favor of the regent during the Gunung Mas elections lawsuit currently being tried at the MK.
KPK investigators first arrested Akil, Chairunisa and CHN at Akil's official house at the Widya Chandra housing complex in Kuningan, South Jakarta. Following the lead, the investigators then went to a hotel in Central Jakarta and arrested two more people, Hambit and DH.
Akil has just replaced Mohammad Mahfud MD as the new chief justice. Before serving as a judge, Akil was a Golkar politician. Three years ago, scholar Refly Harun went public with accusations regarding Akil's alleged involvement in a graft case but Akil denied the accusations and no inquiries materialized. (dic)
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