Ministry issues travel ban for Deputy House Speaker Syamsuddin

Ministry issues travel ban for Deputy House Speaker Syamsuddin

KPK investigators and evidence collected from Aziz Syamsuddin's office room at the Parliament Building. (ANTARA FOTO/Rivan Awal Lingga/hp.)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights (Kemenkumham) confirmed having issued a travel ban for Deputy House Speaker Azis Syamsuddin over alleged involvement in a bribery case under the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK’s) investigation.

"It is true that the KPK has submitted a request to immigration for a travel ban for Azis Syamsuddin," the ministry's spokesman, Tubagus Erif, noted in a statement here on Friday.

In accordance with existing regulations, the ban on the Golkar politician will be in effect for the next six months.

"The ban will take effect from April 27, 2021," he remarked.

Earlier, the KPK had not permitted Syamsuddin from traveling abroad.

Acting KPK spokesman Ali Fikri remarked that the agency had sent a letter to the Directorate General of Immigration regarding the travel ban. Apart from Azis, two other people were also not allowed to leave the country.

"The prohibition on oversea travel starts from April 27, 2021, for the next six months," Fikri remarked.

The KPK has named one of its investigators, Stepanus Robin Pattuju (SRP), and several others as suspects.

On Wednesday (April 28), the KPK had conducted a search of Syamsuddin's office at the House of Representatives (DPR) Building and his official residence in South Jakarta.

The KPK investigating team discovered and seized several pieces of evidence of different documents and items related to the case from the search.

During the construction of the case, it was mentioned that in October 2020, Tanjungbalai Mayor Syahrial had met Syamsuddin at his official residence and discussed about an investigation being conducted by the KPK in his town. Related news: KPK bans overseas travel for four suspects in e-ID case
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