More Jakarta Deputy Governor Candidates Under-Report Wealth

By webadmin on 05:02 pm Jun 10, 2012
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Ronna Nirmala

Two more deputy gubernatorial candidates running in next month’s election in Jakarta have been found to have under-reported their personal wealth, following an assessment by antigraft officials.

Achmad Riza Patria, the running mate for independent candidate Hendardji Supandji, was found to have a total wealth of Rp 2.79 billion, and not the Rp 1.85 billion that he reported in April.

Riza said on Friday that the latest assessment by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) showed that he had undervalued his apartment in South Jakarta by almost Rp 400 million.

Another Rp 450 million was discovered in the form of debts owed to him, while the rest of the difference came from land that he had bought in South Jakarta, according to Eva, a KPK official.

“He didn’t include that land in the list of assets when filing his initial wealth report because he hadn’t received the full paperwork for it,” she said. “But we’ve taken note of it.”

Hendardji himself was earlier found to be Rp 19 billion richer than he had initially declared.

Also under scrutiny was Didik J. Rachbini, the running mate for Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) politician Hidayat Nur Wahid, with a much larger discrepancy between his reported wealth and the KPK’s assessment.

In April, he reported his wealth at Rp 4.4 billion, but the KPK estimated the actual value at Rp 7.79 billion. The main difference came from long-term deposit accounts in his name.

Didik and Riza were just the latest candidates to come under the KPK’s scrutiny.On Wednesday, KPK officials said Biem Benyamin, running alongside independent candidate Faisal Basri, had under-reported his wealth by more than a million dollars.