KPK summons politicians of PAN regional faction over fund case

KPK summons politicians of PAN regional faction over fund case

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). ((ANTARA PHOTO/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned a member of the Indonesian House of Representatives from the National Mandate Party (PAN) faction for the investigation into a bribery case related to proposals for regional financial balance funds in the revision of the draft 2018 state budget.

"The investigation on Sukiman, a member of the Indonesian House of Representatives, as a witness in the case against the suspect, Amin Santono in a bribery case related to the proposed regional financial balance funds in the Revised State Budget 2018, is scheduled for today," KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said on Monday.

In addition, the KPK has also summoned three witnesses in the case against the suspect, Yaya Purnomo.

The three witnesses were former Director General of Financial Balance of the Ministry of Finance Budiarso Teguh, Head of Planning and Budget Bureau at the Secretariat of the Ministry of Health Bayu Teja Muliawan, and Director of CV Palem Gunung Raya Arif Budiman.

Previously, the KPK had raided Sukiman`s official residence on Thursday (July 26) and confiscated documents related to the investigation of the case.

In addition to the investigation of the case, the KPK confirmed the witnesses who were summoned over alleged bribery from Purnomo.

The KPK has named four suspects in the case, namely member of the Indonesian House of Representatives from the Democratic Party Faction, Amin Santono (AMN); Head of Development Section for Housing and Settlement Funding at the Ministry of Finance`s Directorate General of Fiscal Balance, Yaya Purnomo (YP); Eka Kamaludin (EKK), a consultant who also mediated in the case; and Ahmad Ghiast (AG) from the private sector as well as the contractor.

The KPK carried out an operation on Friday (Aug 4) in Jakarta and Bekasi.

Santono allegedly received Rp400 million, while Kamaludin received Rp100 million, which was part of a "commitment fee" of Rp1.7 billion, or 7 percent of the value of two projects in Sumedang District, totaling Rp25 billion.

The bribe for Purnomo had not been realized even though he had received the proposal of the two projects, namely the project in the Housing, Settlement and Land Affairs Office in Sumbedang district, worth Rp4 billion, and the project in the Public Works and Housing Office in Sumedang district, worth Rp 21.85 billion.

In the operation, the KPK totally secured a number of assets allegedly related to criminal acts, namely precious metals weighing 1.9 kilograms, worth Rp1.844 billion, including Rp.400 million secured at locations in restaurants in the Halim Perdanakusumah area, as well as foreign currency of 63 thousand Singapore dollars and US$12,500.

In addition to Rp500 million for Santono and Kamaludin, gold was also obtained from Purnomo`s apartment in Bekasi.

"Cash worth Rp400 million was found in Purnomo brother`s apartment. We will hopefully find the person who gave us the data, "KPK Chairman Agus Rahardjo said at a press conference at the KPK building, Jakarta, over the weekend.

The three suspects were allegedly charged under article 12 letter a or letter b or article 11 of Law No. 31 of 1999, which was amended by Law No. 20 of 2001 concerning Eradication of Corruption Crimes in conjunction with article 55 paragraph (1) of the 1st Criminal Code, with a minimum sentence of 4 years of imprisonment and a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of at least Rp200 million and a maximum of Rp1 billion.

Ahmad was allegedly charged under Article 5 paragraph 1 letter a or letter b or article 13 of Law No. 31 of 1999, as amended by Law No. 20 of 2001 concerning the Eradication of Corruption Crime article 55 paragraph 1 to 1 of the Criminal Code, with the threat of a minimum sentence of 1 year in prison and a maximum of 5 years in prison and a minimum fine of Rp50 million and a maximum of Rp250 million.

Reported by Benardy Ferdiansyah
Edited by Eliswan, Suharto

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