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Jakarta Post

Revised export policy leads to Edhy's undoing

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano


Jakarta   /   Fri, November 27 2020   /  01:00 am
Graft suspect: Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named on Wednesday Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo a suspect for allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for a lobster seed exporting permit. (Tribunnews/Irwan Rismawan)

The decision by Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo to roll back his predecessor’s policy of banning the export of lobster larvae may prove to be his downfall. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named Edhy, who has offered to resign as minister, and six other people suspects on Thursday in a bribery case that centers on the issuance of export permits for lobster larvae. Edhy allegedly received kickbacks amounting to Rp 3.4 billion (US$240,000), some of which he allegedly spent during his working trip to Honolulu, Hawaii, in the United States between Nov. 21 and 23. He also allegedly received $100,000 from a lobster larvae exporting company, reportedly to secure export permits for the company. The case is linked to the minister’s decision to allow the export of lobster larvae, which was formalized in Ministerial Regulation No. 12/2020 on May ...