Jakarta (ANTARA) - South Jakarta District Court’s sole judge Effan explained rejection of ex-youth and sports minister Imam Nahrawi's request for a judicial review of the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK's) decision naming him an alleged graft case suspect.

The KPK's decision is legitimate, Effan remarked while reading out the pretrial verdict at the South Jakarta District Court on Tuesday.

He noted that the KPK had conducted an investigation into the alleged graft case in which it found two pieces of evidence: witnesses and letters related to a quo case.

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The investigation into the suspect based on an investigation order number Sprin.Dik/94/DIK.00/01/08/2019, dated August 28, 2019, is legitimate, he stated.

"On August 28, 2019, (it) issued an investigation order to probe that the applicant has committed a corruption offense. The KPK has two pieces of evidence, witnesses and letters," he stated.

The judge also believes that the detention of the suspect on August 27, 2019, is legitimate.

Imam opined that the letter of detention, signed by then KPK chief Agus Raharjo, is illegitimate since during a press conference, held on September 13, 2019, Agus, along with his two deputies, Laode M. Syarif and Saut Situmorang, had returned their mandate to President Joko Widodo.

"Although the KPK leadership stated that they had resigned and returned the mandate to the president, judicially, the president has not issued a decision discharging the KPK leadership, who had resigned, and not proposed replacements to the House of Representatives. The KPK leadership, who had resigned, still performs duties," he added. Related news: Sports minister apologizes while resigning in bribery scandal

Translator: Benardy Ferdiansyah/Suharto
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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