Djoko Will Answer the KPK’s Questions Over National Police Graft, Lawyers Say
Former National Police traffic chief Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo will cooperate with the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) investigation into claims that he received a Rp 2 billion ($212,000) kickback to award a pricey contract for driving simulators to an unqualified company while he ran the division, two of the graft suspect’s lawyers said on Tuesday.
The statements of attorneys Juniver Girsang and Tommy Sihotang ran counter to a previous claim made by another of Djoko’s lawyers, who said that the former traffic chief had refused to answer the KPK’s summons for questioning.
Lawyer Fredrich Yunadi told Tempo.co on Monday that his client had no plans of showing up for questioning by KPK investigators, explaining that he was already questioned by the National Police, which consider Djoko a witness, not a suspect.
“[Fredrich] had no right to say that,” Tommy said. “We have warned him, it is wrong.”
The KPK’s investigation into the Rp 197 billion corruption scandal has divided the two departments. The National Police say they are conducting an investigation of their own and have named four police officials as suspects.
Djoko, who is not on the National Police’s list of suspects, was questioned as a witness.
But the KPK have named Djoko as a suspect over allegations that he received a substantial kickback to award the contract for the purchase of 1,200 driving simulators to Citra Mandiri Metalindo Abadi, a metal manufacturing company. The graft-tainted purchase reportedly resulted in at least Rp 100 billion in state losses.
Djoko’s lawyers told Beritasatu.com that their client would be cooperative with the KPK’s investigation, but that the summons had to follow regulations.
“As long as it is done according to regulations, we will be cooperative,” Juniver told Beritasatu.com.
The KPK violated regulations when they named Djoko as a suspect before questioning him over the allegations, Juniver said. The KPK also failed to interview any of the other witnesses in the case, he added.
“The main point is we respect the summons,” Juniver said. “But if the summons is not in accordance with regulations, we, as the lawyers, will criticize it, not reject it.
“The word ‘refusing’ is not the right word.”
The KPK plans to call Djoko in for questioning some time after the Idul Fitri holiday.
“After Idul Fitri [he] will be questioned,” KPK spokesman Johan Budi said on Tuesday. “But I don’t know the exact date.”
Djoko is prepared to answer the KPK’s summons, another lawyer said.
“He is ready,” Tommy told Beritasatu.com, adding that he had not received the summons. “[Once we receive it] we will study it. If it meets the legal requirements, we will act according to the regulation.”
Indonesia Police Watch argued that the KPK had the right to detain all suspects, including Djoko, as well as anyone who tried to interfere in the antigraft body’s investigation.
“Even the four high-rank police officials that are being detained by the National Police should agree to be investigated by the KPK,” said Neta S. Pane, the IPW chief. “If they refuse to be questioned, they could be charged in accordance with the criminal code.”