Susno Close to Being Named Bribery Suspect: Police Sources

By webadmin on 05:24 pm Apr 19, 2010
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Farouk Arnaz

Comr. Gen. Susno Duadji, who was scheduled to be questioned by investigators on Tuesday over accusations that he received a Rp 500 million ($55,500) payoff from a powerful case broker, would soon be named a suspect, police sources told the Jakarta Globe on Sunday.

Sjahril Djohan, who Susno is believed to have implicated as major case broker at National Police headquarters, reportedly told investigators that he had bribed Susno during an embezzlement case involving an arowana fish farm in Riau in 2008.

“Whatever he says on Tuesday, we are closer to naming Pak Susno a suspect for bribery. We are going to be very careful on this matter,” one source said on condition of anonymity, adding that investigators on Friday had already summoned a string of witnesses over the matter, including Adj. Sr. Comr. Syamsurizal Mokoagouw, a narcotics detective.

According to copies of police dossiers obtained by the Globe over the weekend, Sjahril, who was declared a graft suspect last week, told investigators that he had personally delivered the bribe in a brown paper bag to Susno’s house in South Jakarta in December 2008.

“When I was at his home, incidentally, I met with Syamsurizal Mokoagouw. He was there reporting to Susno before officially departing to Holland for official business,” Sjahril told police, adding that he was already acquainted with Syamsurizal from when he had worked as a consultant at the National Police Narcotics Directorate in Cawang, East Jakarta, where Syamsurizal was posted, between 2006 and 2008.

When Syamsurizal reportedly asked him what was he doing at Susno’s house, Sjahril said he showed Syamsurizal the bag and said he was giving it to Susno.

Syamsurizal could not be reached for comment on Sunday, but it can be confirmed that he was at National Police headquarters in South Jakarta on Friday, where he said he was going “to meet a friend.”

Sjahril, according to police dossiers, said that the Rp 500 million originally came from Haposan Hutagalung, a lawyer representing a Singaporean businessman identified only as Mr. Hoo. Hoo had earlier filed a police complaint against his business partner, Anwar Salamah, whom he alleged had embezzled 11 million Singapore dollars ($8 million) from their arowana fish farm in Riau.

“Mr. Hoo believed police investigators were ineffective, so Haposan asked for my help to speed up investigations. I had close relations with Susno, so I helped Haposan,” Sjahril said.

Sjahril told police that shortly after he handed over the bribe to Susno, he received two text messages from Susno’s cellphone.

“One text message said, ‘I have instructed my investigators to seize the fish farm. The suspect will be arrested and jailed.’ The other text message asked: ‘Has Yuliar or Eddy [police investigators] followed my orders? Any progress? Report progress to me,’ ” Sjahril told police.

Police have taken Sjahril’s cellphone as evidence.

Another source identified Yuliar and Eddy as Adj. Sr. Comr. Yuliar Kusnugroho and Adj. Sr. Comr. Deddy Sofiandy, saying both had investigated Hoo’s case.

Susno declined to comment on Sjahril’s statements to police, but his lawyer, Henry Yosodiningrat, told the Globe that the accusations were tantamount to slander.

“What proof do police have? Is there a receipt? He says Syamsurizal saw a paper bag. Did he see money in it?” Henry said, pointing out that Susno was summoned only as a witness.