Jakarta: The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is planning to probe Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin as a witness in a bribery case involving former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad "Romi" Romahurmuziy next week.
"We have sent the letter to his office. We will question him as a witness for suspect RMY," KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah told the press on Friday.
"We hope that he can answer our second summons. He failed to respond the first summons due to his busy schedule," the KPK official noted.
On March 15, KPK investigators arrested Romi 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 Romi as a suspect in the 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 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.
The anti-corruption watchdog has summoned a number of Religious Affairs Ministry officials in the past few months. The agency has also seized pieces of evidence from several locations in Jakarta and East Java.
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.