Public prosecutor remanded in custody by KPK

Public prosecutor remanded in custody by KPK

KPK officers, accompanied by KPK Deputy Chief Alexander Marwata (right), showed evidence during a press briefing related to the naming of three suspects in an alleged bribery case at the Yogyakarta Public Works Office on Tuesday (Antara/Benardy Ferdiansyah)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) made an arrest in Surakarta City, Central Java, of a public prosecutor named a suspect in connection with a bribery case concerning a project at the Yogyakarta Public Works Office.

The suspect, who works for the Surakarta Public Prosecutor's Office, will be held for 20 days at the KPK detention house at the Military Police of the Jakarta Regional Military Command in Guntur, Jakarta, KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah revealed in Jakarta on Thursday.

Junior Attorney General for Surveillance Muhammad Yusni and Junior Attorney General for Intelligence Jan S. Marinka reportedly handed over the suspect, identified by his initials as SSL, to the anti-graft body on Wednesday (August 21, 2019).

The anti-graft body also named president director of PT Manira Arta Mandiri (Mataram), identified by her initials as GYA, and a public prosecutor of the Yogyakarta Public Prosecutor's Office, identified by his initials as ESF, as the two other suspects in the alleged graft case on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

ESF had allegedly received a bribe worth Rp221 million in connection with fees amounting to five percent of the project valued at Rp8.3 billion relating to the rehabilitation of waterworks on Supomo Street in Yogyakarta.

To ensure unhindered investigation into the case, the KPK has sealed the Yogyakarta Public Works Office after it caught four people red-handed over corruption charges on Monday.

"As part of the efforts to safeguard the evidence, we have placed a KPK line at the three locations we have sealed. Two of the locations are in Yogyakarta, including the Public Works Office. We also put up a KPK line at the house of a partner in Solo," KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah remarked in Jakarta on Tuesday.

The four caught red-handed by the KPK are the public prosecutor, two civil servants, and a private partner.

"The civil servants have been tasked with the procurement of the project," he stated.

In addition, the KPK seized cash worth Rp100 million after corroborating the truth behind the information from the public on the field.

"We followed up on the information from the public. We checked it on the field and found alleged transactions. We seized evidence, including cash worth around Rp100 million," he stated.

He remarked that the KPK will also conduct further investigation to check whether transactions had taken place before.

The transactions are allegedly linked to a project at the Yogyakarta Public Works Office. The project is under the supervision of the central and regional development supervisory team (TP4D) at the Yogyakarta Public Prosecutor's Office.

"We will study further whether it is the first receipt or whether several receipts were there before," he added. Related news: KPK bans overseas travel for four suspects in e-ID case

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