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Jakarta Post

KPU commissioner arrested for alleged bribery

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 8, 2020   /   07:15 pm
KPU commissioner arrested for alleged bribery General Elections Commission official Wahyu Setiawan casts his vote at a ghost-themed polling station in Randusari subdistrict, South Semarang district, Central Java, on June 27. (JP/Suherdjoko)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan during an operation on Wednesday.

The antigraft body’s chairman, Firli Bahuri, confirmed the arrest.

“We have arrested figures suspected of giving and accepting bribes. [One of them is a] KPU commissioner identified as WS,” Firli told journalists on Wednesday.

However, he did not disclose further details regarding the arrest, as more information will be announced during a press briefing on Thursday.

Read also: KPK scores first arrest in East Java after new leadership, law revision

It is not the first time an official from the country’s election body has been implicated in a graft case. The KPK arrested a number of KPU officials in 2005, including then-chairman Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin, for alleged bribery pertaining to the procurement of 2004 general election materials.

Nazaruddin was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment after appealing an initial ruling at the Supreme Court.

Wednesday’s arrest was the antigraft body’s second after the controversial revision of the KPK Law took effect in October. It was also the second arrest under the chairmanship of three-star police general Firli. (kuk)