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KPK searches for wanted former Supreme Court secretary at in-law’s house in East Java

  • Asip Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

Tulungagung   /   Thu, February 27, 2020   /   07:24 am
KPK searches for wanted former Supreme Court secretary at in-law’s house in East Java Corruption Eradication Commission investigators search the house of a businessman in Tulungagung, East Java, on Feb. 19. (Antara/Destyan Sujarwoko)

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators have searched on Wednesday the house of Suhada Sumarni, the father-in-law of former Supreme Court secretary and graft suspect Nurhadi Abdurachman, in Tulungagung, East Java, as part of the antigraft body’s effort to locate the suspect, who is still at large.

Eight investigators were seen entering the house at around 10 a.m. East Java Police officers assisted the search by guarding the premises.

The search was completed at 1 p.m. when KPK investigators were seen leaving the house.

“They told me that they were looking for Pak Suhada’s son-in-law, who is on the most wanted list now. They searched through some piles of documents in the house but didn’t confiscate anything,” local community head Nuryadi said after the search.

He added that the house had long only been occupied by a housemaid.

Read also: Former Supreme Court secretary accused of accepting Rp 46b in bribes

Suhada is the father of Nurhadi’s wife Tin Zuraida, an expert staff member at the Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry.

Nurhadi was named a graft suspect for allegedly accepting bribes in the form of nine checks and Rp 46 billion (US$3.2 million) in cash in connection with three cases handled at the Supreme Court between 2011 and 2016.

The KPK put Nurhadi on the most wanted list on Feb. 13 after he failed to answer the antigraft body’s summons for questioning twice.

The commission also named Nurhadi’s son-in-law Rezki Herbiyono and PT Multicon Indrajaya Terminal director Hiendra Soenyoto, who was suspected of promising Nurhadi nine checks from the company, suspects in the case. They were also put on the most wanted list.

Graft busters have on several occasions searched for Nurhadi, including at his house in South Jakarta and his office, the Rahmat Santoso and Partners law firm, which is owned by Nurhadi’s brother-in-law, in Surabaya, East Java. (kuk)