Attorney General Hendarman Supandji said on Tuesday that his office would not directly stop the bribery and misuse of power case against two deputy chairmen of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), despite Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s suggestion that the case be settled outside of court.
Hendarman said he considered the option to halt the case after the president’s speech on Monday night, but decided he could not.
“So, the AGO has two kinds of authorities, first is SKPP (the AGO’s right to declare a case unworthy of trial because it lacks evidence) and the second is deponiring (AGO’s right to stop the case for the sake of public interest). However, it is not for I to decide whether the case is worthy of trial or not, but for the general prosecutor,” Hendarman said.
Hendarman said Chandra M Hamzah’s dossier will be completed because he believed there was enough evidence against him.
“After the dossier is complete, I will give the general prosecutor 14 days to determine if the case is worthy of trial or not. If they say it is worthy of trial, then I will decide whether it should be handed to a court or not. There will be no sudden action to stop the case,” Hendarman said.
Meanwhile, National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Nanan Soekarna said police will still use legal avenues to make a decision about Bibit and Chandra’s case.
“The important thing is, the police must always use a legal corridor,” Nanan said.