PKS Chairman Named a Suspect Following Bribery Bust

By webadmin on 09:42 pm Jan 30, 2013
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Rizky Amelia

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Wednesday named the chairman of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) as a suspect in a bribery case involving imported meat, with the antigraft body also slapping a travel ban on the party leader.

“Based on [the investigation], KPK found two strong [pieces of] evidence. LHI is suspected of violating Article 12 and/or Article 5, Section 2 and/or Article 11 of the Anti-Corruption Law,” KPK spokesman Johan Budi said, referring to Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq by his initials.

Although Luthfi did not receive the money directly, Johan said the KPK had assembled sufficient evidence indicating that the money was meant to be given to him.

The KPK on Tuesday arrested four people in a bribery sting at the Le Meridien Hotel in Jakarta. The suspects were allegedly caught in possession of Rp 1 billion ($103,000), separated into two plastic bags.

Three of the four people arrested were identified as Ahmad, an executive with Indoguna Utama, a driver named Sahruddin, and a woman named Ranny. The identity of the fourth person remains unknown.

Officers from the KPK made the arrest at the hotel at about 9 p.m., seizing a total of Rp 1 billion in Rp 100,000 bills, several documents, a black suitcase and a bank passbook.

Indoguna Utama is an imported meat company that has branches in Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong and Macau. The company also imports seafood, caviar, cheese and wine. It has about 500 employees and supplies meat to various hotels, restaurants and supermarkets in Indonesia.