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Corruption Eradication Commission
"The KPK and the National Police agree that the status of Budi's case is that of a preliminary investigation after a pretrial decision annulled Budi's suspect status," said Badrodin, who is known as a close associate of Budi.
"Whether the case progresses into a primary investigation depends on the gathered evidence. But even if the case progresses, there is also the possibility of stopping it." Attacks on the KPK intensified after it named Budi, who was earlier nominated as National Police chief and in a confidant of Jokowi's patron and chairwoman of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Megawati Soekarnoputri, a graft suspect. The KPK alleges that Budi accepted bribes from fellow officers in their attempts to attain promotions when he was assigned as the National Police's chief for promotion and career development. Acting KPK chairman Taufiequrachman Ruki said the AGO had received Budi's dossiers from the KPK to be examined based on the agency's recommendation that it would be "effective" should the AGO agree to pass the case to the National Police on the grounds that they had investigated Budi's case in 2012. "We have admitted defeat, but it does not mean that we will also give up on other cases as we are also investigating 36 other cases," said Ruki, a retired police general. "We don't want this one case [Budi's] to disrupt other cases. We will also have to face many pretrial hearings in near future." The KPK made the announcement after holding a closed-door meeting with Attorney General M. Prasetyo, Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno and Badrodin at KPK headquarters on Monday. Acting KPK commissioner Johan Budi said he believed that by surrendering the case to the AGO, the KPK could prevent the police from summoning the agency's investigators and directors in a number of criminal probes. "Such conditions create an uncomfortable atmosphere at the KPK," Johan said.
Acting KPK deputy chairman Johan Budi said Novel had tasks to complete as an investigator and could not heed the police summons.
"Novel has other things to do so he cannot honor the summons," said Johan on Thursday. He did not elaborate on what activities had prevented Novel from going to the police headquarters.
"The first thing I will do after being inaugurated is to meet with the police chief to solve the standoff," according to the first public statement Johan made after Jokowi announced on Wednesday that he would be among the three acting KPK commissioners. An alumnus of the UI School of Engineering, Johan, who received a "best practitioner" award from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Public Relations Network and the Golden Speaker award from the Rakyat Merdeka Group in 2013, was among the first batch of officials recruited to join the KPK in 2005. Prior to joining the antigraft body, Johan worked as an editor at the Forum Keadilan magazine between 1995 and 2000 and then he moved to Tempo daily from 2000 to 2005. In his first two years at the KPK, he worked in the public relations division before being officially appointed as KPK spokesman in 2007. In October 2014, KPK leaders promoted him to be the deputy for the prevention unit, which was around three months before Jokowi appointed him to be an acting commissioner. In January, Johan rejected an offer from the State Palace to become a presidential spokesman for Jokowi. Johan said he turned down the job because he wanted to spend the rest of his career at the antigraft body.
Johan Budi resigns as KPK
spokesperson Johan Budi has handed in his resignation letter as spokesperson of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). "I handed in my resignation letter today," Johan said in Jakarta on Monday as quoted by Antara news agency. Johan began working at the KPK in 2005; he was part of the Education and Public Service Directorate until 2009, after which he was appointed as the head of the Public Relations Bureau and also as KPK spokesperson. "Due to the current situation at the KPK and also my position as prevention unit deputy, I handed in my resignation as the KPK spokesperson," he said. Johan was appointed the deputy of the antigraft body's prevention unit on Oct. 17 last year. The KPK's board of chairmen has yet to respond to Johan's resignation as spokesperson. The position has been temporarily taken over by the board. This is not the first time Johan has resigned from the post. He wanted to resign back in July 2011 when he was accused of being party to a case of corruption by former Democratic Party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin. (***)
In Jakarta, KPK deputy chairman Johan Budi said after looking at Ahok's report and explanation on Friday, the commission found indications of potential graft in the draft budget.