The Jakarta Post
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators seized money from the office of Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin on Monday during a raid carried out in connection to a bribery case pertaining to botched job promotions at the ministry.
“Investigators have seized rupiah and US dollars. We have yet to count the bills, but we estimate that the money amounts to around Rp 100 million,” KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah told journalists on Monday.
Graft busters searched several rooms at the offices of the ministry and the United Development Party (PPP) in Jakarta during the raid. Previously, the antigraft body named former PPP chairman M. Romahurmuziy and two ministry officials suspects in a bribery case centering on the job promotion process at the ministry.
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While the discovery of such money has raised questions about Lukman’s involvement in the bribery case, Febri was quick to dismiss such allegations.
“We shouldn’t come to conclusions solely based on the raid and seizure. Investigators will seize money, documents or other electronic evidences if they see them as an important piece of evidence in a case.”
Meanwhile, investigators also raided the PPP’s chairman and treasury’s rooms in the PPP office. Apart from the money, graft busters also seized documents related to the botched promotions.