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Jakarta Post

Law minister accused of obstructing justice

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana, Ghina Ghaliya and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 24, 2020   /  08:49 am
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Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly appears at the Corruption Eradication Commission's (KPK) headquarters in this July 3 file photo.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly has come under fire for what critics say is an alleged attempt by the senior Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician to cover up the whereabouts of a fugitive suspect of a high-profile corruption case that implicates fellow members of his political party. A group of academics started on Thursday an online petition calling for his dismissal from the Cabinet, an NGO coalition reported him to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for allegedly obstructing a graft investigation and House of Representatives lawmakers said they would summon him to a hearing – all within 12 hours. The minister stands accused of covering up the whereabouts of graft suspect and PDI-P member Harun Masiku, who is wanted by the KPK for his alleged role in bribery centering on a dispute between the party and the General Elections Commiss...