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In defense statement, Romahurmuziy reveals connection to former KPK commissioner

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Jakarta   /   Wed, January 15, 2020   /  07:38 pm
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Former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad “Romy” Romahurmuziy attends a hearing at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Dec. 16. (Antara/Aditya Pradana Putra)

While seeking to clear his name from a promotion-rigging scandal the Religious Affairs Ministry, former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad “Romy” Romahurmuziy disclosed that a former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) commissioner once sought his support to gain the position in the antigraft body. Romy – once an ally of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo – read out his defense statement during a hearing at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Monday. He stands accused of influencing Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin to promote two officials, who allegedly gave Romy more than Rp 300 million (US$22,000) in return for his support.   Romy has challenged the accusations, claiming he simply made recommendations to Lukman. To prove his point, Romy revealed an encounter he had with a former KPK commissioner in 2015. Romy...