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KPK to Probe Romahurmuziy as Bribery Suspect

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Juven Martua Sitompul • 21 Maret 2019 12:25
Jakarta: The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is scheduled to probe ex-United Development Party (PPP) chairman Romahurmuziy as a suspect in an alleged bribery case on Thursday, March 21, 2018.
 
"We will also probe Religious Affairs Ministry's Gresik Office head Muhammad Muafaq Wirahadi and Religious Affairs Ministry's East Java Office head Haris Hasanuddin," KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah told the press this morning.
 
On Friday, KPK arrested Romi during a sting operation in the East Java city of Surabaya. Along with Muafaq and Haris, KPK named the PPP leader as a suspect in the alleged bribery case.

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According to KPK, Romi accepted bribes to get Muafaq and Haris high-ranking jobs at the Religious Affairs Ministry. In a handwritten letter distributed to the press, Romi claimed that someone framed him.
 
As the recepient of the bribes, Romi will be charged of violating Article 12 a or Article 12 b or Article 11 of Law No. 31/1999 on Corruption Crime Eradication as amended by Law No.20/2001 juncto Article 55 (1) of the Criminal Code (KUHP).
 
As the bribers, Muafaq and Haris will be charged with Article 5 (1) b or (1) b or Article 13 of Law No. 31/1999 on Corruption Crime Eradication as amended by Law No. 20/2001.
 
PPP is one of the largest political parties in Indonesia. It is a dominant party in a number of regions in the country.
 
Romi's predecessor Suryadharma Ali was also arrested for corruption in 2014. The former Religious Affairs Minister was then sentenced to six years in jail and a fine of Rp300 million in 2016.
 
Last night, PPP held a national work meeting at Seruni Hotel in Bogor. During the meeting, it appointed Suharso Monoarfa as its acting chairman.
 
The meeting was attended by repsesentatives of all regional executive boards. The meeting was also attended by PPP leaders such as Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin and former Social Affairs Minister Bachtiar Chamsyah.
 
"We use Kaaba as our logo. But we seldom remember Kaaba in our daily life," Suharso told journalists on Wednesday night.
 

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