(This case) has nothing to do with political parties or certain officials, but is a finding and legal fact.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The case of alleged corruption against Papua Governor Lukas Enembe, which is being investigated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), is not a political fake out.

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD, made the remarks in a press statement issued by the ministry’s office here on Monday.

"The Luke Enembe case is not a political fake out. (This case) has nothing to do with political parties or certain officials, but is a finding and legal fact," the minister stressed.

The case is being investigated by the State Intelligence Agency (BIN), the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK), and the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) much before the 2024 political year, he pointed out.

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Mahmud said that on May 19, 2021, he had announced 10 major corruption cases in Papua, including the one involving Enembe.

"Since then, I have noted that every Papuan leader who comes here (Jakarta), whether youth, religious, or customary leader, always asks: ‘why (the case) was left cold,’ ‘when will the government take action,’ ‘why did you issue that list of 10 (yet those were) not pursued,’" he elaborated.

He then urged Enembe to comply with the commission's request for examination.

"In my opinion, if the Corruption Eradication Commission has called, just come. If there is not enough evidence, we guarantee that (Enembe) will be released and (the case) will be stopped. However, if there is enough evidence, (we) must be responsible because we have agreed to build a clean and peaceful Papua as part of the Indonesia development program," he added.

A similar appeal was also made by the deputy chairperson of the KPK, Alexander Marwata.

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"We will call again. We ask Mr. Enembe and his legal advisor to be present at the Corruption Eradication Commission or (inform whether he wants) to be questioned in Jayapura," he said.

He also asked Enembe and the Papuan provincial government to appease the residents. The KPK has always upheld the principle of the presumption of innocence in investigating cases of alleged corruption, Marwata said.

"We uphold the principle of the presumption of innocence. If later Mr. Enembe wants treatment, we will certainly facilitate it. We will respect the rights of the suspect," he added.

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