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Jakarta Post

KPK chairman Firli named in Muara Enim bribery trial

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 8, 2020   /  05:34 pm
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Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Comr. Gen. Firli Bahuri gestures in the House of Representatives in Jakarta while undergoing a selection process for the position.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The name of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Firli Bahuri was brought up in the corruption trial of Ahmad Yani, the suspended regent of Muara Enim in South Sumatra, when a lawyer mentioned that the three-star police general was implicated in alleged bribery. Antara news agency reported on Tuesday that the regent’s lawyer Maqdir Ismail revealed that Muara Enim Public Works and Public Housing Agency head Elvyn Muchtar, one of the suspects in the corruption case, had tried to give US$35,000 to Firli, who was serving as South Sumatra Police chief at the time of the case. The revelation was part of the rebuttal statement during a hearing at the Palembang Corruption Court in Palembang, South Sumatra. Maqdir said the regent did not demand an unlawful commitment fee of Rp 22 billion ($1.5 million) from businessman Robi Pahlevi—who is also standing trial in the s...