Locked up: Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) officers escort Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker Emir Moeis into a waiting car that would take him to a military detention facility in Jakarta on Thursday. Emir was accused of accepting a US$300,000 bribe from a steam power plant project in Lampung in 2004. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)
Locked up: Corruption Eradication Commission
(KPK) officers escort Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker Emir Moeis
into a waiting car that would take him to a military detention facility in Jakarta on Thursday.
was accused of accepting a US$300,000 bribe from a steam power plant project in Lampung in 2004. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)
The antigraft body summoned Emir
, for questioning for the first time since the start of the investigation.
After undergoing a five-hour questioning session Emir, chairman of the House of Representatives Commission XI on finance, exited the KPK's headquarters in Kuningan, South Jakarta, wearing a KPK detainee jacket that could only fit half of his large body.
Senior PDI-P politicians declined to comment on his
incarceration at the Guntur detention center in South Jakarta.
KPK spokesperson Johan Budi said that Emir, who also served as a member of the PDI-P central board, would be detained for the next 20 days.
was charged with Article 5, Article 11 and Article 12 of Law No. 31/1999 on corruption," Johan told a press briefing.
a suspect for allegedly receiving US$300,000 in bribes from energy infrastructure company PT Alstom
Indonesia, a subsidiary of French-based conglomerate Alstom
, related to the construction of a coal-fired power plant in Tarahan, Lampung, in 2004.
In addition to the cash, the firm was also reported to have entertained Emir
in Paris, France, providing him with free accommodation and other amenities, including visits to adult entertainment spots.
also allegedly spent the money he
received from Alstom
on a shopping spree in Paris.
The bribe was allegedly part of Alstom
's kickbacks after it eventually won the project tender.
Yanuar P Wasesa, a lawyer appointed by the PDI-P
to handle the case, has denied the allegations, saying that his
client never received money from Alstom
Yanuar, however, said that Emir
once received $300,000 from his
business partner, Pirooz Shanafi, a US citizen of Persian descent, whom he
befriended back when they studied together at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"The money was meant for a business venture," he
also introduced Emir
to the executives from Alstom
, Yanuar added.
made a presentation, saying that it can sell its products at a low price to the state-owned electricity company PT PLN," he
has abused his
connection with Emir
own personal gains, said Yanuar.
Commenting on Emir
's trip to Paris, Yanuar said that the meeting between Emir and representatives from the French company were not business-related.
was in Paris when he
bumped into Pirooz
invited him [to meet with people from the company].
was in Paris because he
was interested in learning about socialism," Yanuar said.
executives, however, had been charged for allegedly bribing Emir
to secure the contract of the Tarahan power plant.