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Jakarta Post

Police arrest Hanura politician at center of e-ID case

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 1, 2017   /   12:20 pm
Police arrest Hanura politician at center of e-ID case Former House of Representatives member Miryam S. Haryani leaves the Jakarta Corruption Court after attending a hearing in the e-ID graft case trial on March 30. (Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

The National Police have arrested Miryam S Haryani, a former Hanura Party lawmaker, at a hotel in South Jakarta.

Miryam has been named a suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for alleged perjury after she withdrew her affidavit during a hearing in a corruption trial related to the e-ID case.

The KPK confronted Miryam during the trial since her earlier testimony, made in front of antigraft body investigators, was a crucial component of the case. Her testimony contained the names of lawmakers who allegedly received bribes in the project.

Miryam stands accused for giving false statements when she denied her affidavit during the trial hearing on March 23. She claims she was threatened by KPK investigators during the investigation process.

Before the arrest, Miryam had failed to meet KPK summons, arguing that she was in poor health.

KPK later sent a letter to the police, informing them that Miryam had been included in the antigraft body's most-wanted list.

(Read also: Miryam’s lawyer to report KPK to Komnas HAM over DPO status)

National Police spokesperson Ins. Gen. Setyo Wasisto said the police arrested Miryam at 2 a.m. early on Monday morning. He added that Miryam was cooperative when the police arrested her and she was found with another person when the arrest occurred.

"We will give details later. Now, Miryam has been taken to the headquarters of the Jakarta Police," he said as quoted by (rdi/wit)