Indonesia: Lawmaker denies bribery following anti-graft raid

Maintaining innocence: Deputy chairman of the House of Representatives Commission V overseeing transportation and infrastructure, Yudi Widiana (pictured), poses for a photograph at the House complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta. The lawmaker denies any involvement in a bribery case related to projects in the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry.
PHOTO: Kompas

The deputy chairman of the House of Representatives Commission V overseeing transportation and infrastructure, Yudi Widiana, has clarified rumours over his alleged involvement in a bribery case related to infrastructure construction projects at the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry, a politician has said.

Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) president Sohibul Iman said on Saturday that Yudi had met him and denied any involvement in the case after Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors raided his office at the House complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Friday.

"Last night [Friday evening], I summoned him and he explained that he was not involved at all in the case," Sohibul said as quoted by kompas.com on Saturday.

Sohibul said he needed to summon Yudi because the latter's office had been searched by the anti-graft body officials, implying some involvement in the case.

Sohibul asserted that the PKS respected law enforcement efforts conducted by the KPK; however, the party also accepted the explanation conveyed by Yudi, who maintained his innocence in the case.

"His explanation will be our guideline," the PKS president said. He further said he had asked Yudi to follow all legal procedures and said Yudi had responded positively to his request and promised that he would be cooperative throughout the process.

On Friday, the KPK raided the offices of several House members following the arrest of a House Commission V member from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) faction, Damayanti Wisnu Putranti, who was suspected of having received bribes related to several projects at the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry.

The KPK investigators searched offices of not only Damayanti but also other Commission V members, namely Yudi and Budi Supriyanto of the Golkar Party.

During the raid, House Deputy Speaker Fahri Hamzah lambasted a KPK investigator, HN Christina, about the KPK investigators' move to involve heavily armed Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel in the search. The prosecutors ignored the PKS politician's protests.

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