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Cover-up allegations in bribery case put PDI-P in tight spot

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, January 23, 2020   /  09:55 am
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The logo of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) is displayed during the opening ceremony of the fifth PDI-P congress in Sanur, Bali, in August 2019.(JP/Zul Trio Anggono )

A high-profile corruption case involving members of the ruling party took a peculiar turn on Wednesday after the government retracted its statement regarding the whereabouts of a key suspect in the case, fueling cover-up allegations.   The Immigration Office had previously claimed that Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Harun Masiku, the key suspect in the graft scandal, left for Singapore on Jan. 6 — two days before a raid by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) that led to a full-blown investigation of the case — and had yet to return to the country. A report by Tempo magazine refuted this claim, however, saying that it had evidence, including CCTV footage, indicating that Harun had returned on Jan. 7 and was in Indonesia when the KPK investigators scrambled to track down and arrest the suspects, including Harun. ...