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PAN chairman apologizes for brother's alleged bribery

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 27, 2018   /   02:52 pm
PAN chairman apologizes for brother's alleged bribery Staying firm: National Mandate Party (PAN) founder Amien Rais (left) talks with party chairman Zulkifli Hasan (right), who is also the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker, during 20th anniversary celebration of Indonesia's reform era at the MPR building in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on May 21. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

 

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)