Former KPK chairman Antasari Azhar refused to speak to the press after a six-hour interview with the police in Jakarta on Monday evening (27/02). (Antara Photo/Rosa Panggabean)

Antasari Azhar Refuses to Speak to Press After Another Questioning With Police

BY :FAROUK ARNAZ & EKO PRASETYO

FEBRUARY 28, 2017

Jakarta. Former national antigraft agency chairman Antasari Azhar refused to speak to the press after a six-hour interview with the police in Jakarta on Monday evening (27/02).

Antasari had made a report to the police that he had been framed for the murder of Rajawali Putra Banjaran director Nasrudin Zulkarnaen in 2009.

Despite being convicted for the murder and given an 18-year sentence in 2010, Antasari has always maintained his innocence. He was granted clemency by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in January and released from prison soon after.

"I told you already, I've got nothing to say to you. I'm tired [after being questioned] since this morning," Antasari told journalists as he walked out of the police interview in Central Jakarta.

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This was the second time Antasari had been questioned by the police after he made his report. After his first interview on Feb. 14, Antasari patiently answered questions from the press and mentioned that former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was the main actor behind his imprisonment.

Antasari has called on Yudhoyono to reveal the truth behind the murder, claiming there had been a plot to take him out of the top position at the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, and sent him to prison.

He also implicated billionaire Hary Tanoe in the case, claiming that Hary — apparently acting on behalf of Yudhoyono — had asked him not to arrest Aulia Pohan, a suspect in a major corruption case at Bank Indonesia and the father of Annisa Pohan — the wife of Yudhoyono's son Agus Harimurti.

The former KPK chairman filed his report to the National Police's criminal investigation unit, in which he claimed that officials [of Yudhoyono's administration] had intentionally doctored or eliminated evidence related to the Nasrudin murder case.

 

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