KPK: Graft Refund will Not Stop Investigation

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  • Deputy of KPK, Basaria Panjaitan, shows evidence of money to the media crew on Jambi's OTT in Corruption Eradication Commission, Jakarta, Nov. 29, 2017. TEMPO/Imam Sukamto

    Deputy of KPK, Basaria Panjaitan, shows evidence of money to the media crew on Jambi's OTT in Corruption Eradication Commission, Jakarta, Nov. 29, 2017. TEMPO/Imam Sukamto

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Deputy Chief Basaria Panjaitan confirmed that the refund of corrupted money will not stop the investigation if her office has taken over the case.

    “If the KPK takes over the case, could it possibly be stopped? Definitely no,” she said Thursday, March 1. “The money can be refunded, but not dismissing the crime.”

    Basaria responded to the statement by the Jakarta Police's Criminal Investigation Unit Ari Dono Sukmanto, who will consider the suspension of corruption allegation case of the Government Internal Supervisory Apparatus (APIP) if the corrupted money is returned to the state treasury.

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    Meanwhile, Police Head of Public Relations Setyo Wasisto said that Ari Dono’s statement about the termination of corruption investigation made sense. 

    “Because it takes hundreds of millions of money to investigate the corruption case, if the money which has been returned (by corruptor) is Rp200 million while the investigation costs Rp300 million, it’s a loss,” he said at Jakarta Police Headquarters on Thursday, March 1.

    KPK was not present in the signing of a memorandum between APIP and Law Enforcement Officer (APH) last Wednesday at Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel. Several other law enforcement officers attended the event, namely Ministry of Home Affairs, the Attorney General's Office (AGO), and the National Police.

    AJI NUGROHO