Police Academy Chief Suspended for Alleged Role in Bribery
The National Police have suspended Indonesia’s Police Academy governor Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo following the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) naming him a suspect in a graft case surrounding the procurement of driving simulators.
“Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo [was] replaced by Brig. Gen. Bambang Usadi,” National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Anang Iskandar announced in Jakarta on Saturday.
Bambang is the former the deputy governor of the Police Academy.
Djoko, the former director of the National Police Traffic Corps (Korlantas), allegedly received Rp 2 billion ($212,000) in kickbacks for awarding a contract of some 1,200 driving simulators from metal company Citra mandiri Metalindo Abadi while he was still serving at Korlantas.
(Driving simulators are typically stationary motorbikes attached to sensors and televisions screens, allowing new drivers to learn and practice their skills.)
Anang said the National Police also suspended three other police officials who were named as suspects in the case, namely the current deputy chief of Korlantas, Brig. Gen. Didik Purnomo, the chairman of the committee organizing the procurement bid, Adj. Sr. Comr. Teddy Rismawan and Korlantas treasurer Comr. Legimo.
“The suspension is meant to ease the investigation process both by the KPK and National Police investigators,” Anang said.
He added that Didik, Teddy and Legimo had been put in a police detention center in Kelapa Dua, Depok.
Djoko has not yet been detained, as his case is being handled by the KPK. The case has also drawn public scrutiny, as it has triggered a new and growing conflict between the National Police and the KPK.