Jakarta. The national antigraft agency said on Wednesday (08/11) that it would challenge a move by House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto's lawyer, who filed a police report against two of its commissioners.
The recently issued police warrant states that an investigation commenced on Tuesday into "the alleged use of fake letters and misuse of authority" by Agus Rahardjo and Saut Situmorang, the leaders of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
KPK investigators have been rebuilding a strong case against Setya, whose suspect status in the high-profile e-KTP corruption investigation was cleared in September after launching a pretrial motion in the South Jakarta District Court. The case involves massive graft in the procurement of national electronic identity cards, or e-KTP.
Setya's lawyer Fredrich Yunadi did not specifically mention the letters in question on Wednesday, but told reporters that "many" KPK letters related to the investigation against his client were "fake."
KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah separately said his office had received and would study Tuesday's police investigation warrant but insisted that KPK chairman Agus and deputy chairman Saut were yet to be named suspects in the case.
"We hereby give our assurance that the KPK will face that," Febri told reporters.
"If it is related to the KPK's tasks [...] the investigation, prosecution and trial of graft cases should be prioritized over other criminal cases," Febri said, referring to Indonesia's 2002 Anticorruption Law.
One of the letters in question appear to be a KPK request in early October for the extension of a six-month travel ban on Setya by another six months.
Another KPK letter, which circulated on Monday, states that "on Oct. 31, an investigation already commenced into corruption in the implementation of the national electronic identity card system [...] allegedly committed by Setya Novanto."