On Wednesday Kompas reported on the status of seven requests for presidential permission to investigate regional heads. As I wrote yesterday (see here), written permission is required from the president to initiate a pre-investigation or investigation of regional heads of government. I don’t know the details of these cases, but I thought I’d note the status of the requests and the political affiliation of the suspects:
Those that received permission from the President:
- Eddy Rumpoko, Mayor of Batu, East Java, PDIP
- Mukhlis, Mayor of Pariaman, West Sumatra, Golkar
Those requests still pending:
- Otto Ihalauw, Sorong, West Papua, Golkar
- Andi Harahap, Penajam Paser Utara, East Kalimantan, Golkar
- Amirul Tamim, Bau-Bau, South East Sulawesi, PPP
- Muhtadin Serai, South Oku, South Sumatra, Coalition including PD and Golkar
- Eddy Yusuf, South Sumatra (Governor), PD
- Yulius Nawawi, Ogan Komering Ul, South Sumatra, Coalition including PD, PKS, PPP, and PKB
I find it frustrating that newspapers almost never report the political affiliation of politicians involved in corruption cases. I guess locally everyone knows who is broadly affiliated with which party, but I can’t help thinking that it makes political accountability at the ballot box more difficult.
Kompas article here.