Papua Governor Lukas Enembe misses KPK date once again over ‘health concerns’

Papua Governor Lukas Enembe. Photo: Facebook
Papua Governor Lukas Enembe. Photo: Facebook

Papua Governor Lukas Enembe, who is wanted for questioning by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), is set to once again miss the anti-graft agency’s summon for questioning today.

Lukas’ lawyer, Stefanus Roy Rening, said his client cannot go to KPK HQ in Jakarta as his health hasn’t improved after reportedly suffering a stroke some time ago. The politician also cited ill health when he failed to meet another KPK summon earlier this month.

“A prerequisite for giving testimony is good health. How can he testify when he’s ill?” Stefanus said today.

Stefanus added that Lukas was supposed to receive medical treatment in Singapore yesterday. Authorities have imposed an international travel ban on the Democratic Party politician until March 2023.

KPK has named Lukas a suspect for the misappropriation of state funds for his province. Last week, the Center for Financial Transaction Reporting and Analysis (PPATK) alleged that Lukas had made transactions at casinos abroad amounting to SGD55 million (IDR560 billion or US$39 million). 

Though it appeared the transactions were made in a money laundering scheme, corruption watchdog the Indonesian Anti-Corruption Community (MAKI) recently released footage of Lukas gambling ⁠— sometimes in a wheelchair and with lady companions ⁠— in Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Flight records showed that he had traveled to the three countries between December 2021 and August 2022.

Speaking about the issue today, President Joko Widodo indirectly urged Lukas to stop evading KPK.

“Everybody has to comply with KPK’s summons and comply with the law,” he said.

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