Former National Police Traffic Chief Named as Suspect in Rp 2b Graft Scandal
The former director of the National Police traffic corps (Korlantas) was named as a suspect in the allegedly graft-tainted purchase of more than a thousand driving simulators on Tuesday, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said.
Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo reportedly received Rp 2 billion ($212,000) in kickbacks to award a contract for the purchase of more than 1,200 driving simulators to Citra Mandiri Metalindo Abadi, a metal company known more for the production of bottle caps than complicated simulators, according to reports in Tempo Magazine and Tempo.co. The allegations broke after Bambang Sukotjo, the director of Inovasi Teknologi Indonesia, told investigators that Citra Mandiri Metalindo Abadi head Budi Santoso reportedly paid Djoko for the contract.
Inovasi Teknologi Indonesia partnered with the metal company in the Rp 196.9 billion project in 2011. Budi allegedly asked Bambang to deliver the bribe to the traffic corps headquarters on Jalan MT Haryono, in South Jakarta.
“The KPK has investigated the case since July 27 and we have named DS [Djoko Susilo] as a suspect,” KPK spokesman Johan Budi said in a press conference on Tuesday. “He has allegedly abused his authority and might have caused billions in state losses.”
KPK chairmam Abraham Samad arrived at the building on Monday with deputy chairmen Bambang Widjojanto and Busyro Muqoddas after police locked KPK investigators inside the compound, according to Tempo.co reports. The police were reportedly trying to prevent KPK staff from leaving the grounds with evidence in the case.
The evidence was originally placed in a locked room under the guard of police and KPK officials, National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Anang Iskandar told the Antara news agency. The KPK was later given permission to take the evidence with them, he added.
The National Police detective unit chief Comr. Gen Sutarman was also on location to observe the search.
“KPK leaders and National Police detective unit chief came and discussed it, and then the search continued,” Johan said.
The National Police said they have already questioned 32 witnesses in their own ongoing investigation.
Police said they would be happy to take the investigation off the KPK’s hands.
“We handled the case earlier, so if the Corruption Eradication Commission wants to hand it over to the police, there is no problem,” Anang told Tempo.co. “The investigation has been ongoing for a long time, although no suspect has been named.”
The National Police fully support the investigation, Anang told Antara.
“In principle, we support the steps of the KPK and they are still coordinating [with us],” Anang said.
Djoko was charged with violating two articles of Indonesia’s anti-corruption laws and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
He declined to comment on the allegations.
“The case has been handled by National Police’s detective unit,” Djoko told Tempo.co. “Please asked them.”
Djoko now serves as the governor of the Police Academy.