Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned Vence Rumangkang, one of the founders of the Democrat party, as a witness in an alleged corruption case involving Sutan Bhatoegana (SB), a high-ranking official from the Democrat party.

SB was the chairman of the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission VII for the 2009-2012 period and was named a suspect by the KPK in May 2014.

"Based on the developments in the case, it is believed that corruption had allegedly been committed in connection with the discussion of the revised budget of 2013 with SB, as the chairman of the DPR Commission VII for the 2009-2012 period, being named a suspect," noted KPKs spokesman, Johan Budi.

Johan claimed that the suspect had allegedly received a gift or a pledge, which is believed to have been 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 imprisonment and a fine of Rp1 billion.

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

During the court sessions, Rudi admitted 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 surfaced for having sought a reward from a company, PT Timas Suplindo, in exchange for his help in securing a tender at SKK Migas for an offshore construction project of Chevron.

Sutan worked as a deputy director in the company during the period between 2003 and 2004.

Rudi was sentenced to seven years imprisonment and fined Rp200 million.


Reporting by Desca Lidya Natalia

Translating and editing by Amie Fenia Arimbi


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