Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Adnan Pandu Praja, right, in a file photo with chairman Abraham Samad, center, and fellow deputy Bambang Widjojanto. (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir)

Adnan: Latest Allegations Designed to Destroy KPK

BY :JAKARTA GLOBE

JANUARY 25, 2015

Jakarta. A second antigraft deputy facing a criminal probe under suspicious circumstances has denied the allegations against him, calling them an attempt to undermine Indonesia's vaunted anti-corruption agency.

“Now it’s my turn to be reported to the police,” Adnan Pandu Praja, a deputy chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, said in a speech before a large crowd on Jalan Sudirman in Jakarta on Sunday, as quoted by Tempo.co.

“If I must go through what B.W. [KPK deputy chairman Bambang Widjojanto] did, then that’s the cost of fighting corruption in Indonesia,” he added, referring to Bambang’s arrest by the police on Friday, and conditional release several hours later, in connection with a refiled perjury complaint dating back to 2010.

Adnan was reported to the police’s detectives unit on Saturday by Mukhlis Ramlan, a representative for Desy Timber, a company operating in Berau, East Kalimantan. The report accuses Adnan, who served as a lawyer for the company in 2006, of illegally taking over 85 percent of shares in the company while the management was involved in a family feud.

Adnan, who joined the KPK in 2013, said the old case was dug up to weaken the country's prominent antigraft body, noting that he had already clarified the matter during his vetting before the House of Representatives.

"Therefore, all of this is designed to destroy the KPK," he said as quoted by Kompas.com.

He added he was ready to be questioned by the police at any time. "I'm ready to face any legal risks," Adnan said, adding the KPK would help him during the legal process.

Bambang’s case has been brought forward under similarly murky conditions. He stands accused by a legislator from the Indonesian Democratic Party, or PDI-P, of compelling witnesses to perjure themselves during hearings over a district election dispute in 2010. Bambang at the time was a lawyer for one of the parties in the dispute, who was eventually declared the winner of the election.

The case was dropped by the police after the Constitutional Court ruled on the dispute, but was refiled by the PDI-P official, Sugianto Sabran, earlier this month, following the KPK’s decision to name Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan, President Joko Widodo’s sole candidate for National Police chief, a graft suspect.

Joko, from the PDI-P, has since put off the process of naming a new police chief. Budi previously served as the security aide to Joko’s political patron, PDI-P chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri.

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