President warns police against criminalizing KPK leaders
The Jakarta Post
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has warned the National Police not to prosecute Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leaders if there is not sufficient evidence to justify the move.
“We cannot afford to have [prosecution] without evidence and facts,” the President told reporters at Halim Perdakusuma air base shortly before flying to Vietnam on Friday.
Antara reported that Jokowi had been told about the police’s move to investigate KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo and commissioner Saut Situmorang. The two officials were reported to the police for alleged document forgery and abuse of power by a laywer of House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto, who is under KPK investigation for his alleged role in the high-profile e-ID graft case.
The lawyer, Fredrich Yunadi, accused the KPK officials of falsifying a document requesting the immigration office extend a travel ban on Setya. The document was released just a few days after the South Jakarta District Court in late September ruled that the KPK’s decision to name Setya a suspect in the e-ID case was unwarranted.
The President said he hoped relations between the police and the KPK would remain cordial and that the new probe against KPK leaders would not create political disturbances. (ahw)
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