The Jakarta Post
Former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad “Romy” Romahurmuziy has filed a pretrial motion to challenge his suspect status in an alleged bribery case centering on a promotion at the Religious Affairs Ministry.
“The Corruption Eradication Commission [KPK] has received a letter from the South Jakarta District Court on the first hearing of the pretrial motion filed by Muhammad Romahurmuziy, slated for April 22,” the antigraft body spokesperson Febri Diansyah told journalists on Wednesday evening.
He added the KPK would face the suit in the courtroom and its legal division was currently studying the motion.
“We’re sure that we conducted the arrest by the book based on sufficient evidence. Therefore, our investigation against the suspect is valid,” the spokesperson added.
On March 16, the KPK arrested and named Romy, an ally of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo -- who is seeking a second term in office -- a suspect in a bribery case involving the Religious Affairs Ministry. Graft busters suspected the PPP politician had accepted Rp 300 million (US$21,180) for rigging a promotion at the ministry.
The KPK also named two other officials suspects of graft.
The antigraft body has postponed the detention of Romy as he was hospitalized in the National Police Hospital in East Jakarta due to illness. “We are still waiting for more information from the hospital’s doctors before determining our action against the suspect,” Febri said.