KPK to clarify new names in Fathanah`s court

KPK to clarify new names in Fathanah`s court

Bambang Widjojanto. (ANTARA/Wahyu Putro A.)

I have to ask the investigator first."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will record and clarify a number of new names, allegedly involved in the beef import quota scandal, mentioned by suspect Ahmad Fathanah last Thursday.

"I have to ask the investigator first. If someone mentioned a name during the court process, they should mentioned it in the KPK`s investigation before, not only in the court," the KPK`s Deputy Chairman Bambang Widjojanto said here on Monday.

Widjojanto said the clarification of the names mentioned in the recorded conversations between the suspects Ahmad Fathanah and Ridwan Hakim, as well as the recorded conversations between Ridwan Hakim and Lutfi Hasan Ishaaq, is needed in order to uncover further cases related to the beef import quota scandal.

"There is also a possibility the case to be developed or not. However, witnesses should not mess around. When you questioned as a witness, tell it all. Otherwise it could be called bullying," he said.

Regarding the mentioned of Bunda Putri name which is involved in the conversations with Fathanah and Hakim, Widjojanto guessed the KPK prosecutors want to prove the other parties` intervention as a regulator that has the effect of setting beef import quota.

"There is some people who worked in the dark sides, but influenced the brighter sides. That is dangerous, it is untransparency,"he said.

In the court back in last Thursday, the KPK prosecutors played back a recorded conversations between Fathanah and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) chief patron Hilmi Aminuddin, as well as his conversations with Ridwan Hakim.

The conversations mentioned a number of names such as Sengman, Bunda Putri, Haji Susu, Pak Lurah (a village head), Engkong, Mas Bud and Dipo.

Meanwhile the other recorded conversations that KPK prosecutors played back was a conversations between Ridwan Hakim, Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq and a woman called Bunda Putri a days before Ahmad Fathanah arrested by KPK.

Fathanah were charged under the Article 3 of Law No.8/2010 on the Money Laundering Prevention and Combating in conjunction with Article 55 (1) of the Criminal Code (KUHP) in conjunction with Article 65 (1) of the Criminal Code with a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of Rp10 billion for the people who disguise their wealth.

Fathanah also charged for receiving money suspected to be proceeds of crime under Article 5 of Law No.8/2010 on the Money Laundering Prevention and Combating in conjunction with Article 55 (1) of the Criminal Code in conjunction with Article 65 (1) of the Criminal Code with a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of Rp10 billion because he suspected received the money reached Rp35.4 billion together with Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq.

(Reported by Imam Santoso/Uu.G006/INE/KR-BSR/S012)

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