In January 2019, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) conducted a sting operation in Sidoarjo, East Java, and named six men as suspects in the case of alleged bribery. Among the suspects in the Regent of Sidoarjo Saiful Ilah (PKB). Saiful Ilah denied involvement in the case, stating that although the KPK announced that they uncovered the case in a sting operation, he did not receive any money when he was arrested. However, the KPK believed otherwise as they managed to secure over Rp1.8 billion. The trial of the bribers in the case started recently. They are examined by the Corruption Court of the Surabaya District Court. The indictment revealed that the communication between the parties had occurred since July 2019.

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