Those who hide Setya may face prosecution: KPK
The Jakarta Post
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has warned that no one should offer sanctuary to Golkar Party chairman and House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto, who went missing Wednesday night when KPK investigators went to his home to arrest him on graft charges.
"Those who protect or hide [Setya] may face three to 12 years in prison, as stipulated in the Corruption Law," KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said in a statement on Thursday.
The whereabouts of Setya, who has been named a suspect for a second time in the e-ID graft case last week, remains unknown as of Thursday afternoon.
The fact that the immigration office has no record of Setya fleeing abroad has led to speculation that he might be hiding somewhere in the country.
A travel ban on Setya was issued on Oct. 2.
"Technically, if we look at immigration [records], [he] is still in Indonesia," immigration spokesman Agung Sampurno said as quoted by kompas.com.
Setya has repeatedly dodged summonses for questioning in one of country's biggest corruption cases, citing various reasons, including illness and a working visit.
Just hours before the KPK went to his residence in South Jakarta on Wednesday night, Setya failed to show up for questioning at the KPK office and instead attended a plenary meeting at the House.
The antigraft body has urged Setya to turn himself in within 24 hours, saying that he may otherwise be put on a wanted list soon. (ipa)
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