Indonesia's Anti-Graft Agency Detains Papuan Governor Lukas Enembe on Bribery Charges

- 10 January 2023 20:31 WIB
Papua Governor Lukas Enembe was accused of accepting bribes in return for some multi-years infrastructure contracts (Photo courtesy of  Lukas Enembe Facebook account)
Papua Governor Lukas Enembe was accused of accepting bribes in return for some multi-years infrastructure contracts (Photo courtesy of Lukas Enembe Facebook account)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - Indonesia’s anti-graft agency KPK arrested Lukas Enembe, an outspoken governor of the country's restive easternmost Papua province on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

The spokesperson of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Ali Fikri said Lukas was accused of accepting bribes in return for some multi-year infrastructure contracts.

In what may be the initial lead from KPK investigators, Lukas Enembe last week was accused by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) of taking Rp 1 billion ($64,409) from a construction firm for multi-year concessions that included a road and facilities at a preschool.

He has denied the allegations.

Lukas Enembe is a prominent local politician, who has strong support from the locals.

He has locked horns with the central government over its policies in the special autonomous region.

Lukas was flown to the capital Jakarta for interrogation, KPK spokesperson Ali Fikri said.

KPK's Ali Fikri said the agency has followed the procedures, regarding the arrest of Lukas.

"We sent an official summons letter properly and legitimately to the person (Lukas Enembe) several days ago. We have announced it to the public," Fikri said, as quoted by the government-owned news agency ANTARA.

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Editor: Muhamad Al Azhari

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