Thursday, 12 December 2019

Palace Reacts to Issue on Ahok as KPK Supervisory Body Candidate

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaPresidential Palace spokesman Fadjroel Rachman balked at commenting on the issue saying that former Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok and former KPK commissioner Antasari Azhar were candidates for the members of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Supervisory Board.

    “No specific names are mentioned. [We have] announced the criteria only,” said Fadjroel at Presidential Palace Complex, Jakarta, Thursday, November 7.

    Fadjroel outlined that candidates must be at least 55 years old and a university graduate. Also, they should never serve criminal charges, especially in a corruption case.

    “Referred to Article 37 of Law No. 19/2019, people willing to be members of the supervisory board should never serve a jail sentence based on the court’s ruling that had reached inkracht,” Fadjroel added.

    Many social media users mentioned the names of Basuki and Antasari to be candidate members of the KPK Supervisory Board.

    Antasari Azhar denied the rumor and asserted that he could not become one because of the regulation.

    “There is an article that bans me to be so. Because I had served a prison sentence for five years,” said Antasari at Parliament Complex, Central Jakarta, Thursday, November 7.

    Meanwhile, Ahok had been sentenced to two years of imprisonment after he was found guilty in a blasphemy case.

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