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MK chief justice, Golkar lawmaker arrested for bribery charges

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, October 3 2013 | 06:42 am Akil Mochtar (JP/P.J. Leo)(JP/P.J. Leo)

Akil Mochtar ( JP/P.J. Leo ) 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. '€œWe 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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