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KPK should resolve outstanding cases: Antasari

Former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chief Antasari Azhar greets his family as he leaves Tangerang Penitentiary in Banten on Thursday. Antasari has urged the KPK to complete unresolved graft cases.

MF | Tangerang | Thu, November 10, 2016

Former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Antasari Azhar, who was released from Tangerang Penitentiary on Thursday morning, has urged the antigraft body to conclude several corruption cases that remained unresolved.

“I think the KPK needs to finish its unsolved tasks so it can give a sense of justice to people,” Antasari, who served time following a murder case, said at his daughter’s house in South Tangerang.

One of the cases involves the Bank Indonesia liquidity support (BLBI) program, for which the central bank channeled Rp 154 trillion (US$11.8 billion) to private banks and Rp 446 trillion to state-owned banks.

State prosecutors had investigated corruption in private banks in regards to the BLBI, but no one had touched the potential misuse of funding assistance at state-owned banks, Antasari said.

“I was just looking forward to investigating it before I was sent to the penitentiary,” he said.

Antasari also cited other cases including that surrounding Bank Century and another involving the General Elections Commission (KPU) in relation to IT procurement in 2009. He said he did not understand why the investigation of such cases had stopped after he was imprisoned.

“Now, as an ordinary citizen, I can only give advice [to the KPK], together with you,” he said, pointing to journalists.

Antasari Azhar also conveyed his desire to receive clemency from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during a press conference after he was released on parole from Tangerang prison.He said he needed sympathy from the President to rehabilitate his reputation.

“I’m still required to report to [Tangerang prison] once a month. I’m still a convict,” he said.

The South Jakarta District Court sentenced Antasari to 18 years in prison in 2010 for allegedly masterminding the murder of state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Putra Rajawali Banjaran director Nasrudin Zulkarnaen. He will be fully released in 2022.

“If I receive a pardon from Jokowi, my conditional release status will be dropped, and I will be fully free,” Antasari said.


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