Indonesia's anti-graft body re-grills low-ranking police officer

Indonesia's anti-graft body re-grills low-ranking police officer
Posed photo of two men exchanging a file containing money to represent corruption.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) brought National Police officer Brig. Agung Krisdianto to its headquarters for questioning on Wednesday, two weeks after controversially releasing him without charge following his arrest for delivering bribes to a ruling party lawmaker in Bali.

The release on April 11 sparked condemnation from antigraft activists, who accused the KPK, which is now led by former police general Taufiequrachman Ruki, of losing the courage to prosecute police personnel following a month-long standoff with the National Police that saw two of its commissioners named as suspects in old cases dug up by the police.

In a move to calm the public outcry, the KPK said that it could charge Agung in the case should KPK investigators find strong grounds to do so after "his future interrogations". However, after Wednesday's session Agung again walked free out of the KPK office without facing any charges.

A KPK spokesman confirmed that the grilling took place, saying that Agung was questioned in his capacity as a witness in the case, adding that his testimony was needed to complete the dossiers of businessman Andrew H, who allegedly asked Agung to deliver the mining-permit-related bribes to Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Adriansyah.

First-time lawmaker Adriansyah is a member of House of Representatives Commission IV overseeing agriculture, forestry, fisheries and the environment.

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