KPK Promises to be Firm on No-Show Witnesses
Monday, 12 March, 2012 | 20:39 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:After Ali Mudhori failed to show up at court, the antigraft commission vowed to take action against 'no show' witnesses. The former House of Representatives (DPR) legislator failed to present himself as a witness in court. The difficulties encountered in presenting Muhaimin Iskandar’s inner circle in the trial involving the misuse of Regional Infrastructural Development Acceleration Funds (DPPID) have become a valuable lesson for the anti-graft commission. “We will use this experience as an aspect of evaluation,” said KPK Deputy-Chief Bambang Widjojanto on Sunday.
Bambang said that, based on the evaluation, the KPK will take much firmer action against people suspected of obstructing justice. A witness's failure to present himself in court multiple times has been considered as a means of obstructing KPK prosecutors with the indictment process.
KPK spokesman Johan Budi S.P. said the National Awakening Party (PKB) politician’s action will be taken into consideration the development of the bribery case investigation. In the case development, Ali Mudhori may face another interrogation. “In an investigation, the KPK can conduct a forced call if the party summoned fails to show up. However, in trial, that is the authority of the judge. If the judge ordered for an arrest, we will certainly execute it,” said Johan.
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