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KPK must follow up on Bank Century case, says Antasari


A moment of freedom -- Former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Antasari Azhar talks to journalists at his daughter's home after his release on parole from Tangerang penitentiary in Banten on Nov. 10.

Tangerang | Thu, November 10, 2016

Former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Antasari Azhar said on Thursday that he believed the anti-graft body would handle the investigation into the Bank Century bailout case.

“All cases can be uncovered if there is enough evidence. My fellows at the KPK only need to follow up on this case,” Antasari said, speaking to journalists at his daughter’s home in Serpong, South Tangerang, following his release on parole from the Tangerang penitentiary in Banten on Thursday morning.

He noted that a former Bank Indonesia (BI) deputy governor implicated in the case had been imprisoned on corruption charges while several others, who were accused of collectively committing the crime alongside the deputy governor, remained free. Therefore, the KPK needed to follow up on the case, he went on to say.

“The law should be equal to everyone. There should be equality before the law regardless of background,” said Antasari.

The former Central Jakarta prosecutors’ office chief further said that he did not plan to go back to the KPK. For the next three weeks, he said he would prioritize taking care of his family.

“I will first discuss this with my wife [about working at the KPK again]. She took care of my children and grandchildren when I was in prison,” Antasari said.

The South Jakarta District Court sentenced Antasari to 18 years in prison in 2010 for orchestrating the murder of state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Putra Rajawali Banjaran director Nasrudin Zulkarnaen. Antasari was released on parole after seven-and-a-half years in prison. (JP)

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