The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Friday morning brought in for questioning detained Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah for the first time since her December 20 arrest on corruption charges.
“She is scheduled to be questioned as a suspect,” said Priharsa Nugraha, a KPK spokesman.
Atut, who arrived at the KPK headquarters in South Jakarta in a detention van at around 10:15 a.m., declined to comment to waiting journalists as she was ushered inside.
Priharsa said she would face questions about the Lebak election dispute case, in which she and her brother — Tubagus “Wawan” Chaeri — are accused of bribing disgraced former constitutional court chief justice Akil Mochtar.
She has also been implicated by police in a scandal surround the graft-ridden procurement of medical equipment in Banten.
Atut’s lawyer Firman Wijaya told journalists outside the KPK that Atut was not yet ready to face questioning.
“We are asking for the wisdom of giving her an opportunity to reschedule her questioning,” he said.
He said that his client required more time to prepare.
The KPK has been holding Atut at the Pondok Bambu prison for women in East Jakarta. But KPK officials said they plan to move her to a different penitentiary after the expiration of their 20-day renewable permit for her detention.
Tubagus Sukatma, another member of Atut’s legal team, said that his client was traumatized by her arrest.
“Medically, up until now, she is certainly still in a state of shock,” he said.
He said that Atut was “not in a too healthy state,” but did not elaborate.
On Thursday, Atut said that she would accept a dismissal from her position as provincial governor in light of her arrest, according to her sister, Ratu Tatu Chasanah.