Jakarta: Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin was questioned by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
"It was part of our investigation," KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah told the press this afternoon.
In early May, the minister was probed as a witness in an alleged bribery case involving United Development Party (PPP) chairman Romahurmuziy. At the time, he was interrogated for around five hours at the KPK headquarters in South Jakarta.
The anti-corruption watchdog summoned the minister for the first time last month. Lukman failed to answer the first summons due to his busy schedule.
On March 15, KPK investigators arrested Romahurmuziy during a sting operation in the East Java city of Surabaya. Along with Gresik Religious Affairs Agency head Muafaq Wirahadi and East Java Religious Affairs Agency head Haris Hasanuddin, KPK officials named Romahurmuziy as a suspect in the bribery case.
According to KPK, Romi accepted bribes to get Muafaq and Haris high-ranking jobs at the Religious Affairs Ministry. When asked about his case by journalists, Romi claimed that someone framed him.
As the recipient 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.
Established during New Order era, PPP is one of the largest political parties in Indonesia. Nicknamed Kaaba Party, it is a dominant political party in a number of regions in the country.