The Jakarta Post
National Mandate Party (PAN) chairman Zulkifli Hasan has issued a public following the arrest of his brother, South Lampung Regent Zainudin Hasan, by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for alleged bribery.
The antigraft body arrested Zainudin, also a PAN politician, early on Friday over a graft case related to an infrastructure project in Central Lampung regency.
As the oldest son of the family, Zulkifli said that on behalf of his parents, they regretted the arrest and asked Zainuddin to cooperate with the KPK’s investigation.
“As a brother, I apologize to the residents of South Lampung as well as all residents of Lampung for the incident,” Zulkifli, who is also the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker, said in a statement on Friday.
Zulkifli went on to say that as PAN chairman, he had repeatedly warned all the party’s cadres to refrain from being involved in any kind of corruption.
“I fully trust the KPK to handle this case as I believe the antigraft body will be professional.”
Zainudin was arrested along with 11 other people, including members of the Regional Legislative Council (DPRD), during a string of raids starting on Thursday evening.
The KPK also confiscated Rp 700 million (US$48,454) in alleged bribe money as evidence. (afr)