House inquiry team to meet National Police to ‘straighten things out’
The Jakarta Post
The House of Representatives’ team tasked with conducting an inquiry into the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is set to schedule a meeting with the National Police to clear up what the team says are misunderstandings about its goal.
Inquiry team deputy chairman Risa Mariska said the meeting with the police was important to clarify that the team’s goal was to improve the antigraft body instead of weaken it as many parties had perceived.
“We want to improve the KPK’s work performance so what the commission is still lacking can be improved and this institution can continue to exist,” said Risa, an Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker, as quoted by Antara.
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian previously said the force was not likely to fulfill the team’s order to forcefully bring in former Hanura lawmaker Miryam S. Haryani, a witness in the electronic-ID graft case, to the House to attend a questioning for the inquiry, saying that the order had no legal basis.
The House launched the inquiry into the KPK after Miryam claimed she had been intimidated by KPK investigators during a questioning.
In a questioning at the KPK, Miryam said several lawmakers had received portions of the money obtained through graft in the e-ID procurement process. Later in a court hearing in March she withdrew the statement, saying that she had made it under intimidation from KPK investigators.
In another hearing, senior KPK investigator Novel Baswedan said Miryam had instead been intimidated by several lawmakers who asked her to deny that some of the e-ID money had landed in their pockets. (saf/ebf)
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