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Jakarta Post

Lawmakers doubt immigration system error claims in Harun's escape

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 22, 2020   /  03:15 pm
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Suspended General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan (center) is accused of accepting Rp 600 million (US$65,948) in bribes from Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Harun Masiku. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Amid suspicions of layers of coverup in a bribery case implicating Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Harun Masiku, lawmakers have questioned a recent investigation finding that claims a system error had caused false information leading to failed attempts to arrest the suspect.  A team tasked with investigating the false information released by immigration authorities said a system glitch had produced the false record that the suspect was in Singapore while he was in the country at that time.  The team—which consists of the National Police, the Communications and Information Ministry and the National Cyber and Encryption Agency—found that the error caused the central server of the immigration management information system (SIMKIM) to not receive more than 120,000 pieces of immigration data from Dec. 23 to Jan. 10. Democratic Party la...