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KPK forcibly arrests Ex-agriculture minister named as corruption suspect

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Jakarta, IO – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested former agriculture minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo (SYL) after naming him a suspect, Thursday (12/10). He was forcibly picked up at an apartment in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta.

He was accused of extortion and receiving gratifications within the Agriculture Ministry (Kementan) and was immediately taken to the KPK headquarters for questioning, per CNNIndonesia, Friday (13/10).

KPK spokesperson Ali Fikri said the arrest was carried out in accordance with proper legal procedures. According to Ali, the investigators feared that the suspect might try to flee and destroy evidence. “We summoned him yesterday but he did not show up,” explained Ali.

Syahrul’s lawyer Febri Diansyah decried KPK’s actions because according to him there was already a mutual agreement for suspect examination on Friday (13/10).

“I am sure that Mr. Syahrul Yasin Limpo will not run away. In fact, he left Makassar [his hometown] for Jakarta early in the morning,” said Febri. “Also, when it comes to evidence, KPK has already obtained a lot from various searches. So, it should be more proportional in handling the case.”

This was echoed by NasDem Party treasurer Ahmad Sahroni. He blasted KPK for its “arbitrary” action against Syahrul, who is a member of the party.

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“What’s wrong with KPK? Why is it in such a hurry and not going through the process with strong reasons,” said Sahroni.

The chairman of the House Committee III was of the view that the arrest did not comply with proper procedures because Syahrul had been willing to show up to his second summon at KPK building on Friday. (un)

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