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Indonesian Lawmaker Nabbed In Connection With Drug Abuse Case

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JAKARTA – An Indonesian Member of Parliament from the United Development Party (PPP), Fanny Safriansyah, or better known as Ivan Haz, was among several individuals including law enforcement members who were arrested for investigations into drug abuse cases.

The local media quoted the head of the National Narcotics Agency Budi Waseso as saying that Ivan Haz was among those arrested in a raid at an army camp here on Monday, and the case is currently under police investigation.

Ivan Haz, 38, is the son of former Indonesian vice president, Hamzah Haz, and he won the seat for Jawa Tengah in the 2014 general elections.

According to online media reports, the member of House of Representatives Commission IV was believed to have been detained while attempting to purchase methamphetamine in an army barracks.

Ivan Haz had previously been linked to several other criminal cases, including that of abusing his house maid last year but he was not prosecuted due to lack of evidence.

Meanwhile, PPP secretary-general Muhammad Romahurmuziy confirmed the party had been informed about Ivan’s arrest, and left it to the authorities to investigate.

He said the party had so far not been contacted by Ivan directly and they did not know of his whereabouts.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Police Chief Badrodin Haiti was quoted as saying yesterday, that the special operation at the military camp resulted in the arrests of 19 soldiers, five policemen and nine civilians, including a lawmaker.

He, however, could not confirm whether Ivan Haz was arrested during the operation at the camp. – BERNAMA

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