House threatens to stop deliberating budgets of KPK, police
The Jakarta Post
A member of the House of Representatives inquiry committee into the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Mukhamad Misbakhun, has suggested that House Commission III overseeing legal affairs may halt deliberation of the 2018 budgets for the KPK and the National Police.
The statement came after the KPK refused to allow graft suspect and former Hanura Party lawmaker Miryam S. Haryani, a key witness in the multi-trillion e-ID card graft case who it has in custody, appear before the inquiry committee for questioning.
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian also previously stated that he would not follow the committee's request to summon Miryam by force as she was in KPK custody and under investigation.
Miskbakhun, a Golkar Party politician, said such a summons was regulated under the 2014 Legislative Bodies Law.
“If they disobey the law, I will request Commission III postpone the budget allocations for the National Police and the KPK. The inquiry committee has currently been discussing this,” he said in Jakarta on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.
“I ask the National Police chief to be careful when making statements,” he said.
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Misbakhun denied that the suggestion was a threat aimed at the police and the KPK, saying that the inquiry members just “used their authority.”
The KPK previously said allowing Miryam to appear before the inquiry committee could obstruct the ongoing investigation into the multi-trillion rupiah e-ID case. The KPK also cited its position as an independent body that should be free from any interference. (ecn/bbs)
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