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November 30, 2020, 09.00 PM

Should there be any violations in the investigation process, Edhy Prabowo can file a report to the KPK’s Monitoring Body or request a pre-trial to test whether his conviction is legal or not.

Luhut Pandjaitan is the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment and has come under fire for a statement he made on Friday, Nov. 27.

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“I have asked the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission to look into the case based on good terms and not to overdo it. That’s all that I’ve asked. Not everybody is bad as there are plenty of good people,” stated Luhut.

Background of the Corruption Scandal

The corruption scandal that brought down the former minister involves kickbacks on lobster seed export licensing matters.

Edhy is believed to have accepted bribes for lobster seed exports totaling $100,000 or Rp 3.4 billion via the company, PT Aero Citra Cargo.

The company has allegedly been accepting kickbacks from various lobster larvae exporting companies as it is the only firm that can handle the matter. PT Aero Citra Cargo was found to charge Rp 1,800 per lobster.

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Based on information from KPK Deputy Head, Nawawi Pomolango, PT Aero Citra Cargo is owned by Amri and Ahmad Bahtiar who were nominated by Edhy Prabowo and Yudi Surya Atmaja.

“The money which flowed to the company’s bank accounts is believed to be from various lobster seed exporting companies. That money was then moved to the personal bank accounts of Amri and Ahmad Bahtiar, each amount totaling Rp 9.8 billion,” stated Nawawi.

(Writer: Ardito Ramadhan | Editor: Krisiandi)



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