The Attorney General's Office has officially dropped its case against former KPK officials Bambang Widjojanto, left, and Abraham Samad, center. (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro A.)

AGO Drops Cases Against Ex-KPK Commissioners

MARCH 03, 2016

Jakarta. The Attorney General's Office officially withdrew its criminal cases against two former anti-graft officials on Thursday (03/03), citing the pair's contribution to Indonesia's fight against corruption.

Former Corruption Eradication Commissioner (KPK) chairman Abraham Samad was named a suspect last year for allegedly forging state documents to help a woman named Feriyani Lim obtain a passport from a local a immigration office in 2007 by including her name in Abraham's family certificate.

Meanwhile, Bambang Widjojanto, his deputy, was charged over a 10-year-old perjury case police had dropped in 2010.

Many see both cases as retaliation for the anti-graft agency's decision to name Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan a suspect for bribery just as he was being nominated as the country's top cop.

Still, Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo maintain that prosecutors have enough evidence against Abraham and Bambang.

“They are also anti-corruption activists. [Bambang] once chaired the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation. They have both earned praise and support from the public during their time as chairman and deputy chairman of the KPK,” Prasetyo said.

“I am using my right […] to make a decision, and that decision is to set aside the ongoing cases against Abraham Samad and Bambang Widjojanto.”