KPK Declines Borrowing 5 Billion for OTT

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 , 15:00:00 WIB -

Chairman of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Agus Rahardjo (right), and Deputy Chairman of KPK, Saut Situmorang (left), are seen checking a turned off microphone when they want to answer a question from a member of the House´s Commission III in a hearing at the Parliament, Senayan, Jakarta, Monday (11/9). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Deputy Chairman of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Laode M Syarif, declines that KPK has borrowed Rp5 billion from an entrepreneur named Probosutedjo for their catch-in-the-act operation (OTT) to arrest an official of the Supreme Court. The accusation was made by Probosutedjo’s lawyer, Indra Sahnun Lubis, when he attended a public hearing with the Special Committee on Rights of Inquiry against KPK, Thursday (31/8).

"There is one issue that doesn’t feel right to me. I have to clarify about KPK borrowing Rp5 billion for enticement and OTT. I didn’t sleep. I asked some questions, and they answered that we have to look at Syarif’s ruling. So, the Rp5 billion never exists," Syarif said in the Parliament Building, Senayan, Jakarta, Monday (11/9).

Previously, former leader of KPK, Busyro Muqoddas, stated that he doesn’t believe the statement. Busyro, former Chairman of KPK in the period of 2010-2011, said that it’s impossible for KPK to do something harsh like that. According to him, it’s better to ignore the statement.

"That’s a statement that shows the quality of people who made the statement, and it doesn’t have to be responded because I don’t believe that KPK would do something harsh like that. I don’t believe any of the statement," Busyro stated.

Indra Sahnun Lubis stated that KPK has borrowed Rp5 billion to their client and use them to catch a Supreme Court official in the act.

"KPK once borrowed money to my client for OTT. My client (Probosutedjo) only wants the money to be returned," Indra said.

Indra said that KPK visited Probo’s house, and KPK is accused of borrowing Rp5 billion. "KPK has tapped the telephone and visited Probo’s house. Mr. Probo prepared Rp5 billion in his house. They borrowed the money to trap him," he added.

After that, a member of KPK inquiry team from PDIP Party’s faction, Henry Yosodiningrat, questioned about it again, and he wants KPK to explain why they borrowed the money.

"It was said the KPK borrowed the money to lure someone. They borrowed the money to lure someone, and the one who borrowed the money is KPK investigator. It was borrowed to bribe the Supreme Court, who did the bribery?" Henry questioned.

"Mr. Probo. So, the money was put on the table in his house at noon. They hid behind the chairs and tables. When the Supreme Court official came, KPK officials took the money to catch him in the act," Indra said.

On that day, Probo was involved in reforestation fund corruption that’s charged against his company, PT Menara Hutan Buana in 2006. The Rp5 billion was going to be given to a Supreme Court official. (dtc/mag)