Regional Representatives Council ethics board chairman A. M. Fatwa. (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir)

Regional Representatives Council Speaker Irman Gusman Urged to Resign


SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

Jakarta. Regional Representatives Council ethics board chairman A. M. Fatwa urged the council's speaker to resign after he was arrested and named a suspect in a graft case involving West Sumatra's sugar import quota.

In accordance with the regulations, any councilor named a criminal suspect must be dismissed from the post, Fatwa said on Monday (19/09).

For the sake of his dignity Irman was urged to quit as soon as possible, or before the ethics board instructs him to do so.

"It would be more proper [if Irman resigns on his own accord]," Fatwa said.

Several members of the ethics board have declared their readiness to defend Irman, as the speaker will reportedly file a pretrial motion to annul his suspect status, but Fatwa disagrees.

"The pretrial motion is another issue. We handle ethics and his dismissal will not await the judicial processes," he said.

Irman, who has been serving as the council's speaker since 2009, was arrested in a sting operation on Saturday for allegedly having received Rp 100 million ($7,600) in kickbacks for lobbying to manipulate West Sumatra's sugar import quota.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has also been questioning him in an investigation related to biometric identification cards, or e-KTP, which resulted in Rp 1.12 trillion in state losses.