KPK Denies Current Chairman Firli Bahuri Accepted Graft



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has issued an official statement after the anti graft’s chairman, Firli Bahuri, was mentioned in a corruption court (Tipikor) trial involving defendant Muara Enim Regent, Ahmad Yani, on Tuesday. 

    The agency’s acting-spokesman, Ali Fikri, asserted that the defendant has already rebutted the possibility of former South Sumatra Police Chief Firli Bahuri being incriminated in the graft case. 

    “In the exception, the defendant himself denies that the bribe is related to the regional police chief who is currently the KPK chairman. This implies that [Firli never received graft money],” said the KPK spokesman at their headquarters on Tuesday, January 7.

    He also felt the need to mention that KPK’s indictment in court never mentioned any grafts given to Firli, who at the time was an active police chief.

    As for KPK’s wiretapping practice - which led to Firli’s name being mentioned in court - Ali refrained from commenting any further and said that the recording has entered the court’s subject matter and asked the public to follow the case until its completion. 

    Firli Bahuri was mentioned in the court trial of a bribery case with Rp132 billion at stake. Former Muara Enim Regent Ahmad Yani is the main defendant in the graft case.