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Democratic Party fires member suspected of graft by KPK

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 6, 2018   /   01:45 pm
Democratic Party fires member suspected of graft by KPK Former House of Representatives member Amin Santono appears at the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) office on May 6 after being taken into custody by the antigraft agency following a raid on Friday. Amin is alleged to have accepted an Rp 400 million bribe in relation to the 2018 state budget deliberation. (Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

The Democratic Party dismissed House of Representatives member Amin Santono on Saturday after the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) officially named Amin a graft suspect.

“As a form of support for the KPK and as part of the Democratic Party’s moral responsibility to give no room for graft, the Democratic Party’s central executive board has decided to dishonorably dismiss AS from the Democratic Party and from the House of Representatives,” Democratic Party secretary-general Hinca Panjaitan said in a written statement on Saturday.

“The Democratic Party would like to thank the KPK for helping to cleanse the party of graft,” he said. 

Hinca went on to apologize to the public over the incident, saying that the Dems would continue to support the eradication of corruption and would not tolerate any corrupt practices. 

Amin, a member of the House’s Commission XI overseeing banking and finance, was arrested in a KPK raid on Friday after allegedly accepting an Rp 400 million bribe in relation to the 2018 state budget deliberation.

KPK deputy chairman Saut Situmorang said the commission had been investigating the case since December 2017 after receiving a tip-off.

Besides Amin, three others were named suspects after the raid: Finance Ministry official Yaya Purnomo, private contractor Ahmad Ghiast and suspected middleman Eka Kamaluddin. (evi)