In a significant development, inactive Commissioner of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Firli Bahuri, has made clear his intention to refrain from seeking legal counsel from KPK regarding his suspect status in an alleged extortion case. The case revolves around former Agriculture Minister, Syahrul Yasin Limpo. This decision was the outcome of a discussion carried out by KPK leaders at the Red and White KPK Building on November 28. The meeting involved KPK structural officials and members of the KPK Legal Bureau.
A Dismissal and A Temporary Successor
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had previously dismissed Firli Bahuri from his post as chairman of the antigraft body and appointed an interim head after Firli was charged on Wednesday with extorting the former minister. Bahuri challenged these charges by filing a pre-trial motion with the South Jakarta District Court, with the first hearing scheduled for December 11. Following his dismissal, Bahuri was temporarily replaced as Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Committee by Commissioner Nawawi Pomolango.
The Case Against the Former Minister
The KPK has been probing into member of Commission IV DPR Vita Ervina in relation to the alleged corruption case at the Ministry of Agriculture. The suspect in this case is the former Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo. Investigators have been delving into the programs and activities of the Ministry of Agriculture. KPK officials searched Vita's house on November 15 but found no items related to the case. The case is currently under investigation by the Metro Jaya Regional Police.