Jakarta: The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Frdiay summoned former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad "Romi" Romahurmuziy as a suspect in an alleged bribery case.
The anti-corruption watchdog initially planned to probe Romi on Thursday. The agency then decided to postpone the questioning due to health reasons.
"The schedule was moved to today," KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah told the press this morning.
Last week, KPK arrested the influential politician 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 named the former lawmaker as a suspect in an alleged bribery case.
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.
On Wednesday, the political party held a national work meeting in Cisarua,Bogor, West Java. During the meeting, it officially appointed Presidential Advisory Council member Suharso Monoarfa as acting chairman.