Deputy Minister of Law and Human Rights and Professor of Criminal Law at Gadjah Mada University or UGM Edward Omar Sharif Hiariej alias Eddy Hiariej was involved in a case of alleged gratification which was investigated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). In response, UGM stated that it had completely handed over the investigation of the case to the Corruption Eradication Commission.
“UGM has completely handed over this case to the authorities for further legal proceedings,” said Dean of the UGM Faculty of Law Dahliana Hasan in a statement, Friday, November 10 2023.
According to Dahliana, UGM is concerned that UGM Law Faculty lecturers who pursued higher education levels ranging from undergraduate to doctoral degrees on campus are now experiencing corruption cases. He called Eddy one of the best cadres at UGM.
Eddy was confirmed as a UGM professor in 2010 when he was 37 years old. President Joko Widodo then appointed Eddy as Deputy Minister of Law and Human Rights on December 23 2020.
“UGM is certainly concerned that its best cadres are caught in legal trouble,” said Dahliana.
Corruption Eradication Commission Deputy Chairman Alexander Marwata previously said he had signed a letter appointing Eddy Hiariej as a suspect in the alleged bribery case about two weeks ago. “The determination of the suspect as Deputy Minister of Law and Human Rights, is correct, we signed it about two weeks ago,” he said, Thursday, November 9 2023.
Alex also said that his party had also named other suspects in the investigation into the alleged corruption case. “Four suspects, three recipients, one giver,” he said.
Eddy is said to have received a bribe of IDR 7 billion from nickel businessman Helmut Hermawan. Helmut sent money via the PT Citra Lampia Mandiri account to Yogi Arie Rukmana’s account in April-May 2022.
One month later, Helmut again transferred the equivalent of IDR 3 billion to Yosi. Yogi and Yosi are Eddy’s assistants.
The UGM Law Faculty lecturer is suspected of trading on his authority in the share ownership dispute of PT Citra Lampia Mandiri, the company that owns a 2,000 hectare nickel mining concession in East Luwu, South Sulawesi.
Meanwhile, Public Relations Coordinator of the Secretariat General of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Tubagus Erif Faturahman, said that Eddy Hiariej did not yet know about his designation as a suspect. Eddy, according to him, has never been questioned in an investigation and has not received an investigation warrant (sprindik) or an Investigation Commencement Order (SPDP).