KPK Probes Another Graft Case Allegedly Linked to National Police
After dueling corruption investigations into a driving simulator procurement project that has led to rocky relations between the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the National Police, the antigraft commission is now eyeing an allegedly related case involving license plate procurement and vehicle registration certificates (STNK).
“I’ve got a report [from a non-KPK source] that the alleged loss could reach Rp 600 million [$62,500],” KPK chairman Abraham Samad said recently in Makassar, as quoted by Tempo.co. “But when a KPK investigation team investigated it, they found significant state losses; higher than Rp 1 trillion.”
The project’s tender winner was Primer Koperasi Kepolisian, a cooperative within the National Police’s Traffic Corps. But Citra Mandiri Metalindo Abadi, the company implicated in the driving simulator graft case, shared the project.
Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo headed the Traffic Corps at the time that the alleged driving simulator graft took place. He was named a suspect in the KPK’s simulator investigation, but the National Police’s probe of the same case did not, setting off a series of contentious and public battles between the two institutions.
National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo said he could not recall whether he had signed off on the license plate and STNK tender winner.
“For sure all processes have been done according to the regulation,” Timur said, as quoted by Tempo.co.
Asked if he was aware of the KPK probe, National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto answered in the negative, saying his institution “didn’t want to drift with the flow of the KPK.”