Edhy Prabowo submits signed resignation to President Joko Widodo

Edhy Prabowo submits signed resignation to President Joko Widodo

Secretary General of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) Antam Novambar. ANTARA/HO-KKP/am.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Edhy Prabowo tendered a signed letter of resignation to President Joko Widodo to relinquish his post as marine affairs and fisheries minister, according to Marine Affairs and Fisheries Ministry’s (KKP’s) Secretary General Antam Novambar.

"The resignation letter was signed by Pak Edhy yesterday. The letter was addressed to Mr President,"Novambar noted in a statement in Jakarta, Friday.

Novambar stated that the KKP currently awaits President Widodo's official decision on the resignation letter.

The secretary general explained that this was since the president, as the head of state, had the sole right to decide on the dismissal of a minister.

In the meantime, the KKP is led by Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan as minister of maritime affairs and fisheries ad interim.

Novambar emphasized that in the current scenario, KKP's services to the marine and fisheries community were still unhindered.

Employees at the central and regional technical service units (UPT) continue to work and operate normally.

"Services to the community are still running," Novambar remarked.

This is also outlined in the Circular Letter Number B-835 / SJ / XI / 2020 on the Implementation of Office Activities within the KKP that was signed by Novambar on November 25, 2020.

He stated that all employees within the KKP are expected to continue working as usual and fulfill their duties optimally by remaining heedful to applying health protocols.

The KKP secretary general highlighted the need to constantly take into account health protocols to maintain health at home and work.

Novambar also urged employees to stay focused and enthusiastic at work in addition to maintaining internal solidity of the KKP.

The effort is deemed important since excellent service to the community was the KKP's top priority.

The KKP secretary general also called on employees to respect the ongoing legal process at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). "We just focus on working and serving the community," Novambar affirmed.

The KPK earlier detained Maritime Affairs and Fishery Minister Prabowo and four other suspects over an alleged bribery case in permit issuance for aquaculture and/or fishing businesses and marine commodities in 2020.

The minister and four other suspects are detained at the anti-graft body's prison from November 25 to December 14, 2020, KPK Deputy Chief Nawawi Pomolango stated at a press conference in Jakarta on Wednesday evening.

Maritime Affairs and Fishery Ministry's Special Staff and Deputy Head of the Due Diligence Team Safri; Siswadi from PT ACK; Ainul Faqih, a staff member of Edhy Prabowo's wife; and Director of PT DPP Suharjito are the four others under KPK’s detention.

Meanwhile, two other figures named suspects by the KPK investigators had yet to be detained as of Wednesday evening.

In its place, the suspects -- Andreau Pribadi Misata, the minister's special staff and head of the due diligence team, and Amiril Mukminin -- were ordered to surrender, according to Pomolango.

In this bribery case, Edhy Prabowo, Safri, Misata, Siswadi, Faqih, and Mukminin are allegedly the recipients, while Suharjito had allegedly bribed them.

The investigators accused Edhy Prabowo of having received Rp9.8 billion and US$100,000 and charged him and other suspects for violating Articles 12 and 11 of Law No. 31 of 1999, as amended by the 2001 Corruption Law; juncto Articles 55 and 64 of the Criminal Code.

The KPK investigators charged Suharjito for violating Articles 5 and 13 of Law No. 31 of 1999, as amended by the 2001 Corruption Law; juncto Articles 55 and 64 of the Criminal Code.
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