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Jakarta Post

Immigration authorities receive travel ban request for KPU bribery suspect Harun Masiku 

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 14, 2020   /   08:28 pm
Immigration authorities receive travel ban request for KPU bribery suspect Harun MasikuĀ  A KPK investigator displays evidence of alleged bribery received by General Elections Commission commissioner Wahyu Setiawan to smoothen the way for Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Harun Masiku to fill the seat left vacant following the death of Nazarudin Kiemas in March 2019. (JP/Seto Wardhana/JP/Seto Wardhana)

The Law and Human Rights Ministry's Immigration Directorate General has received a travel ban issuance request from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for bribery suspect and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Harun Masiku. 

"We received the [request] letter yesterday," immigration spokesperson Arvin Gumilang said on Tuesday as quoted by Antara. 

Harun, who ran in the 2019 legislative elections, has been accused of bribing General Elections Commission (KPU) member Wahyu Setiawan with the intention of influencing the commission's decision about a replacement for deceased PDI-P politician and House legislator-elect Nazarudin Kiemas.

KPK investigators are still looking for Harun, who Arvin says was in Singapore when the antigraft body named him a suspect last Thursday. 

Arvin said the travel ban request would still be processed even though Harun was already outside the country. 

"We still accept the letter even though it’s not relevant right now. It will be useful to detect [Harun] when he returns [to Indonesia]," Arvin said. 

According to the directorate general's records, Harun left Indonesia for Singapore on Jan. 6 through Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. 

KPK chairman Firli Bahuri said the commission had coordinated with law enforcement and immigration officials to locate Harun. 

"We are still searching for [Harun] and continue to work hard to apprehend him," he said on Monday. 

The graft busters initially detained eight people in two separate operations on Wednesday and Thursday in Jakarta, Depok, West Java and Banyumas, Central Java.

The KPK has named four people suspects in the case, including Wahyu and former Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) member Agustiani Tio Fridelina as alleged recipients in the case. Harun and a man from the private sector named Saeful were accused of being the bribe givers. They were charged under the 2001 Corruption Law. (kmt)