KOMPAS.com – Indonesia’s anti-graft body has arrested Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo for alleged involvement in lobster seed export.
Edhy is the first minister in the cabinet who was apprehended in a KPK operation throughout the leadership of President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo. During his first term in office from 2014-2019, two of Jokowi’s ministers were also arrested for graft cases, but not in sting operations.
In May, Edhy reversed a ban on exports of lobster seeds imposed by his predecessor Susi Pudjiastuti. The former minister was famous for her ship-sinking policy.
At that time, Susi had ordered her officers to destroy illegal fishing boats in Indonesian waters. Therefore, after Edhy’s arrest, hashtags #tenggelamkanedhyprabowo or loosely translated as ‘sink edhy prabowo’ is currently trending in Indonesia.
On Lombok Island, state-owned construction firm PT Pembangunan Perumahan (PT PP) is building the Mandalika circuit as Indonesia will host the MotoGP 2021. Situated in the Mandalika Special Economic Zone, the project is worth 899 billion rupiahs ($63.6 million).
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1. Indonesian Minister Edhy Prabowo Arrested Over Lobster Seed Export
Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has apprehended Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo in a sting operation held in Soekarno-Hatta International Airport near the capital on Wednesday.
KPK deputy chairman Nurul Ghufron said during the operation, which was held in the early hours, Edhy was arrested alongside his family members and other officials from the ministry.
“They were arrested early this morning at 1:23am at Soetta [Soekarno-Hatta International Airport] alongside the ministry’s officials and family members,” Ghufron said on November 25.
His arrest was related to an alleged graft case in lobster seed exports. “Yes, KPK apprehended [him] for an alleged graft case related to lobster seed exports,” he said but did not elaborate.