AGO Out of KPK-Cop Dispute
Farouk Arnaz, Rizky Amelia & Rangga Prakoso
The Attorney General’s Office will not intervene in the dispute between the Corruption Eradication Commission and the National Police over the handling of the driving simulator case, although it has received dossiers on the investigation of the case from the police.
“They can continue to coordinate with each other to solve the problem. We are not in the position to solve the dispute,” said Andhi Nirwanto, assistant attorney general for special crimes.
Andhi said that the Attorney General’s Office accepted dossiers on the case from the National Police criminal unit because prosecutors have to accept and study the dossiers.
“It’s just a procedural matter,” he said.
He declined to say if prosecutors are authorized to return the dossiers to the National Police and tell them to hand the case over to the KPK. But he did say that he has coordinated the matter with the KPK.
The KPK questioned Temanggung district police chief Susilo Wardono again on Friday.
Spokesman Priharsa Nugraha said that Susilo was questioned in regards to the driving simulator graft case which allegedly involved the chairman of the police’s traffic division, Djoko Susilo, who has been named a suspect by the KPK in the case.
“He was questioned as a witness for the suspect,” Priharsa told Beritasatu.com.
The KPK has also questioned Indra Darmawan Irianto, the head of education at the Central Java Police’s traffic division, and four other police officers.
The police, who are conducting their own investigation, have named Budi Susanto and Sukotjo Bambang as suspects, and have taken the latter into custody. However, they insist on treating Djoko as merely a witness.
The two law enforcement agencies have long fought over which has jurisdiction to investigate the scandal, reported to have cost the state at least Rp 100 billion ($10.5 million).
The National Police recently withdrew 20 police investigators from the KPK, saying that their terms were expiring.
However, graft activists have accused the police of withdrawing its investigators as a way of exacting revenge against the antigraft agency’s probe into a procurement scandal involving several police generals.
The police sent 14 new investigators to replace the 20, including 10 generals but the KPK rejected them.
The KPK said the investigators failed the selection process because the agency adopts a certain standard that is used to fill the structural posts in the unit.
National Police deputy chief Nanan Sukarnan didn’t agree with the KPK’s reasoning.
“If that’s the reason, than how come those who didn’t take part in the assessment process passed? Why not just return all investigators from the National Police if they are not going to be used,” Nanan said.
The KPK is preparing independent investigators to replace the 20 that were recalled by the police, saying they have received training from Australia and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“The KPK is in the process of recruiting independent investigators,” chairman Abraham Samad said on Thursday.
“We are recruiting personnel from within the KPK.”