JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The net is quickly closing on Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo, as the Corruption Eradication Commission [KPK] officially named him a suspect in kickbacks involving lobster seeds and other fisheries related issues.
The Indonesian National Police is just as busy gathering evidence on the Islamic Defenders Front [FPI], to determine that they violated Covid-19 health protocols in their homecoming of controversial chief Rizieq Shihab, after he returned from his three-year exile in Saudi Arabia.
And last but not least, a shootout between Indonesian military forces in Papua and insurgents in the strife-ridden province left three Indonesian soldiers wounded. Read on for more on these stories:
1. Indonesian Minister Named a Suspect in Bribery Case
Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission or KPK has formally named Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo as a suspect over kickbacks related to the fisheries sector.
“The KPK has named seven suspects in this case, among them EP [Edhy Prabowo],” said KPK deputy chairman Nawawi Pomolango on the evening of Wednesday, 25 November.
Investigators arrested the Gerindra party politician, along with his family and officials from the ministry upon arrival at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Wednesday morning from a working visit to Hawaii.
The KPK apprehended 17 people in a series of sting operations in Jakarta, Depok, and Soekarno-Hatta International Airport,.
Edhy is accused of receiving about 3.4 billion rupiahs ($240,000) from several companies through his assistants. If found guilty, they could face up to 20 years’ in jail.
The State Secretariat has appointed Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan as Acting Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in Edhy’s place.