Sutan Bhatoegana, a well-known parliamentarian, is suspected to have violated articles in the law on corruption.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Sutan Bhatoegana (SB), a parliamentary member from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyonos Democrat Party, has been named a suspect in a corruption case at the energy and mineral resources ministry.

"Based on the developments of the case, it is believed that corruption has allegedly been committed in connection with the discussion of the revised budget of 2013 with SB as the chairman of the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission VII for 2009-2012 being the suspect," Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Johan Budi remarked here on Wednesday.

SB, a well-known parliamentarian, is suspected to have violated articles in the law on corruption.

Johan claimed that the suspect had allegedly received a gift or a pledge, which is believed to be given in order to make him do or not do something within his capacity to violate several articles in the anti-corruption law, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail and a fine of Rp1 billion.

He noted that the corruption case was the result of the development of the case of Rudi Rubiandini, the former chief of the oil and gas regulator SKK Migas, who has already been convicted.

During court sessions, Rudi confessed to have given US$200 thousand to Sutan through Commission VII member Tri Julianto at a fruit shop on Jalan MT Haryono, but both Sutan and Tri have denied the allegations.

He stated that the money was given as "a post-fasting holiday allowance" to the House Commission VII members.

Sutans name has also been mentioned for having sought a reward from a company, PT Timas Suplindo, in exchange for his help to make the company win a tender at SKK Migas for an offshore construction project of Chevron.

Sutan used to work as a deputy director in the company during the period between 2003 and 2004.

Rudi has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment and fined Rp200 million. (*)

Editor: Heru Purwanto
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