KPK refuses to meet Amien Rais
The Jakarta Post
Leaders of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) are refusing to meet with National Mandate Party (PAN) patron Amien Rais in the latter’s efforts to clarify allegations he had accepted Rp 600 million (US$45,157) in a graft case involving former health minister Siti Fadilah Supari.
Amien sent on Monday a delegation comprising PAN politician Dradjad Wibowo, lawmaker Saleh Partaonan Daulay and his son Hanafi Rais to KPK headquarters, where they only met with KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah.
Dradjad said that Amien was somehere near the KPK building at the time, “he will come only if KPK leaders are ready [to meet him].”
He added that Amien wanted to speak with the antigraft leaders before he embarked for umrah (minor haj) sometime in the near future.
Febri insisted that the commission was currently focused on Siti’s trial, in which the former minister stands accused of embezzling funds from a budget meant for the procurement of medical equipment.
"We will wait for the verdict," Febri told reporters. "I have told the delegation that we have received a testimony and bank statement as evidence [against Amien], but we still focus on the defendant," he added.
Amien announced last Friday that he planned to approach the KPK to provide confirmation about funds he reportedly received from the Soetrisno Bachir Foundation, as revealed by KPK prosecutor Ali Fikri during the graft trial of Siti at the Jakarta Corruption Court last Wednesday. (ecn)
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