Anti-graft agency grills lawmakers on graft cases

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned a number of North Sumatra regional lawmakers and regional administration officials to testify in the investigations of a graft case with Governor Gatot Pujo Nugroho as the main suspect.

Gatot has been arrested by KPK on charge of bribing lawmakers in the period of 2014-2019 and former lawmakers in the period of 2009-2014 over embezzling case.

The lawmakers and former lawmakers included Mustofawiyah and Guntur Manurung from the faction of Democratic Party, Hamami Sul Bahsyan from the Hanura faction, Zulkifli Husein from the National Mandate faction and civil servants Tirtanadi, Nurdin Lubis, Ahmad Fuad Lubis, Randiman Tarigan, Baharudin Siagian and Muhammad Alinafiah, Rudi and two businessmen Zulkarnain and Anwar Zaelani.

"They are all investigated as witnesses in the case of Gatot Pujo Nugroho," public relation officer of KPK Yuyuk Andriati here on Monday.

KPK already investigated more than 50 members and former members of the North Sumatra legislative assembly for 2009-2014 and 2014-2019 terms believed to have received a bribe from the non active governor to approve the regional budget and overturn a interpellation motion in the regional legislative body.

Some of the lawmakers have returned the money via KPK, confirming that they received bribe.

KPK named the governor suspect as the briber and chairman of the regional legislative body 2014-2015 from the Golkar faction Ajib of Shah, chairman of the legislative body for 2009-2014 term Sal;eh Bangun of the Democrat faction and a number of members and former members of the body Saleh Bangun,Chaidir Ritonga, Kamaludin Harahap and Sigit Pramono Asri suspects as the recipients of the bribe.

All suspects have been arrested by KPK.

Meanwhile KPK has again summoned lawmaker of the Commission V of the Parliament Budi Supriyanto from the Golkar faction to testify in another graft case involving infrastructure projects of the public works and housing ministry in Maluku.

"Budi Supriyanto is investigated as a witness in the graft case with fellow lawmaker Damayanti Wisnu Putranti) as the main suspect," Yuyuk Andriati said here on Monday.

Budi was already grilled in the same case on Wednesday last week. He denied to be involved in the brie.

KPK, however, said Damayanti was not the only lawmaker involved in the graft case.

KPK has also named Damayantis partners Julia Prasetyarini(UWI) and Dessy A Edwin (DES) as suspects each charged with receiving S$33,000 or a total of S$99,000.

The money was from Abdul Khoir (AKH), the director of PT WTU, which was awarded the contract for the infrastructure projects of the public works and housing ministry in Maluku.

Abdul Khoir, who has also been named a suspect in the case, provided S$404,000 to bribe lawmakers to win the contract .

KPK, therefore, is investigating where the rest of the money had gone.(*)