Govt suspends anti-graft chief amid extortion probe


President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has suspended the chief of Indonesia’s anti-graft agency, his aide said, following an accusation of extortion in an investigation that has ensnared a former minister.

The move came after police this week named the official, Firli Bahuri (pic), as a suspect accused of extorting money from former agriculture minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo, who was detained in a corruption case last month.

“President Joko Widodo has signed a presidential decree on the suspension of KPK chief Firli Bahuri,” said Ari Dwipayana yesterday, the co-ordinator of the president’s special staff, using the abbreviation of the agency’s name.

Jokowi’s letter, signed on Friday, takes immediate effect, releasing Firli from all his tasks and authority until he is fully discharged once his status changes to defendant, he added, with Nawawi Pamolango, a deputy, named as interim successor.

Firli becomes the latest official in Jokowi’s administration to face graft accusations.

Police said authorities had confiscated foreign currency transaction documents from Singapore and US$480,000 (RM2.2mil) in two raids relating to the case against him. — Reuters

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