The Jakarta Post
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has named NasDem politician Andi Irfan Jaya a new suspect in a bribery case implicating prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari and detained him at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) detention facility as part of coordination between the two legal forces.
Andi was named a suspect on Tuesday for allegedly being the middleman in Pinangki’s case. The AGO named Pinangki a suspect in a bribery case as she was accused of receiving a US$500,000 bribe from graft convict Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra.
“We are detaining the suspect today at the KPK’s detention center. This is a form of our coordination,” AGO spokesperson Hari Setiyono told reporters Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com.
NasDem deputy chairman Ahmad Ali said the party had dismissed Andi after he was named a suspect. The party would not provide legal assistance to him either, Ahmad said on Wednesday as reported by tempo.co.
The KPK also said it had received the suspect from the AGO.
“The suspect will be subjected to self-isolation for 14 days at lot C1 of the detainment center,” spokesperson Ali Fikri wrote in a statement on Tuesday.
The antigraft agency had previously said it would be ready to take over Pinangki’s case as long as it met certain requirements of the KPK Law. The statement came amid public pressure on the KPK to take over the case, believing that the antigraft agency could handle the case more objectively.
However, Hari said the AGO would not hand over the case to the antigraft agency, promising to work optimally and transparently to solve the case.
In the case, Djoko allegedly conspired with Pinangki to get the Supreme Court to acquit him and overturn the court's decision from 2009 declaring him guilty of involvement in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case. (mfp)