Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on September
19 that Minister of Youth and Sports Imam Nahrawi has submitted his
resignation after the anti-corruption watchdog KPK named him a suspect in a
Widodo told the press that the government will
decide laterwhether to replace Nahrawi or have an interim minister. It was
the secondcabinet minister involved in the graft case.
Earlier on September 18, KPK announced that Nahrawi
and anassistant at the ministry are relatedto a grant the Ministry of Youth
and Sports had given to the NationalSports Committee (KONI).
Nahrawi allegedly received a 26.5 billion rupiah
(1.88million USD) commitment fee in disbursement of the grant proposed by
The money had allegedly been used for his personal
usethrough his personal assistant.
Representatives of the KONI are accused of giving
some ofthe money to Nahrawi through his assistant on five occasions.
The case surfaced after the KPK launched a campaign
inDecember 2018, confiscating 7.4 billion rupiah.
Former Minister of Social Affairs Idrus Marham was
sentencedto three years in jail in April for bribery In relation to the
The KPK has prosecuted hundreds of politicians,
officials, andbusinessmen since its formation in 2002, becoming one of the
country's mostrespected agencies./. VNA