KPK deputy chief Bambang Widjojanto. (Antara Photo/Fanny Octavianus)

KPK Deputy Bambang Answers Police Summons for Questioning


FEBRUARY 03, 2015

Jakarta. Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chief Bambang Widjojanto on Tuesday answered a National Police summons to be questioned in a five-year-old case related to a local election dispute.

Upon his departure from the KPK headquarters in South Jakarta, colleagues gathered in front of the building to send him off. The KPK employees were dressed in black and gave flowers to Bambang as a symbol of their support.

"I'll return soon so please don't take it too seriously. Thank you for the support," he said.

Bambang claimed that by coming to the National Police Headquarters, he was setting an example of what a good law enforcer would do.

"I, as a leader of a law enforcement body, will come and show our class. I'll show that law enforcers should obey the law," he said.

He added that the allegations and threats he and his fellow KPK leaders are facing are an occupational hazard that they have to bear.

"Even if I have to die, I'll do it, but I believe that God is with the righteous," he said. "The prayers of the poor and the victimized will save the country."

KPK chief Abraham Samad echoed Bambang's statement.

"What is happening to Bambang and other KPK leaders is a risk we have to take on this long journey to eradicate corruption in this country. Let's pray for the KPK's survival. May it always be as strong as it is today," he said.

Bambang has been named a suspect by the police for allegedly making false statements during a hearing on a local election dispute at the Constitutional Court back in 2010, when he was working as a lawyer.

He was arrested on Jan. 23 while taking his child to school, but released the next day. However, the investigation continues.