KPK to Probe Allegations of Money Laundering in Casinos by Papua Gov Lukas Enembe

26 September 2022 10:18 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it would investigate the allegations of money laundering at casinos by Papua Governor Lukas Enembe. The KPK stated that in corruption cases investigations, the clues and trails often lead to money laundering.

"Often in [investigating] corruption cases, bribery and gratification, the cases develop to money laundering offenses, if the elements of the article are fulfilled as well as the adequacy of the evidence," KPK spokesman Ali Fikri said on Monday, September 26.

Ali said the KPK would continue to broaden the investigation into Lukas' case. He said there are reasons to suspect that the case is not only about bribery and gratification.

The Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) suspects that Lukas' gambling is more than just a hobby. The agency suspects gambling is a way for the governor to launder money. According to the PPATK's records, the total amount of money that Lukas allegedly paid to casinos stood at Rp560 billion.

"From the results of our analysis, there are indeed suspicions of money laundering, which was why we submitted [the report] to investigators," PPATK chief Ivan Yustiavandana said on Sunday, September 25.

Luke's attorney, Stefanus Roy Rening, has not responded to the money laundering allegations yet. He said that his party will address it during a press conference scheduled to take place today.

M ROSSENO AJI

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