KPK Extends Detention of High-Profile Graft Suspect Miranda Goeltom
The Corruption Eradication
Commission, better known as the KPK, has extended its detention of graft
suspect Miranda Swaray Goeltom by an additional 40 days, a commission spokesman said
”The KPK investigators will present Miranda with a
detention extension warrant taking effect on June 21,” said Priharsa Nugraha,
the head of the KPK’s news and information department.
Priharsa added that the extension of the former
senior Bank Indonesia deputy governor’s detention would be for a period of 40
Arriving at the KPK headquarters on Wednesday to sign
the detention extension, Miranda declined to comment, other than to say that she
wanted the investigation of her case to be rapidly completed.
Miranda was arrested on June 1, originally to be
detained for a period of 20 days, and has been held in custody at the KPK
office’s basement detention facility.
She has been named a suspect for her alleged role
in paying Rp 20.8 billion ($2.2 million) in bribes to legislators to
appoint her as senior deputy governor of Bank Indonesia in 2004.
Twenty-eight legislators have been convicted of
bribery in the case, while businesswoman Nunun Nurbaetie has been jailed for
distributing the money.
But the question of who provided the money remains
Speculation has long been rife that the money came
from people within the banking industry who were seeking to influence
central bank policy.