KPK to question energy and mineral resources minister

KPK to question energy and mineral resources minister

Jero Wacik (ANTARA FOTO/Nyoman Budhiana)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) intends to question Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik as a witness soon in an alleged graft case involving the Upstream Oil and Gas regulatory special task force (SKK Migas).

"He will be questioned about the suspect Rudi Rubiandini," KPK spokesman Priharsa Nugraha said on Tuesday, referring to the former SKK Migas Chief, who has been named as a suspect in the case.

On Friday, the KPK had imposed a six-month overseas travel ban on Jero Waciks adjutant, I Gusti Putu Ade for his alleged role in the case.

Rudi was named as a suspect for allegedly accepting a bribe of US$400 thousand from the commissioner of PT Kernel Oil Private Limited, Simon Gunawan Tanjaya, through his golf trainer, Deviardi.

Rudi was arrested at his house in Jl. Brawijaya, South Jakarta, on Aug. 13. Later, the KPK had also named Rudi as a suspect in the money laundering case.

Following the arrest of the former SKK Migas Chief, KPK officers had searched a number of places, including the office of the Secretary General of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Waryono Karno, from whom they seized 200 thousand US dollars.

They had also recovered 127 thousand Singapore dollars, 90 thousand US dollars and a BMW large capacity motorbike at Rudis house.

Later, the KPK found 350 thousand US dollars placed in a deposit box owned by Rudi at the state lender Bank Mandiri and 60 thousand Singapore dollars, 2 thousand US dollars and 180 grams of gold ingots at the SKK Migas office.

Waryono has been questioned twice as a witness in the case. He was questioned about the money given to Rudi.

Last Friday, the KPK also grilled SKK Migas Head Yohannes Widjanarko as a witness in the money laundering case involving his predecessor.

(T.SYS/A/KR-BSR/O001) 26-11-2013 13:57:43