Top Cop Named as a Suspect in National Police Graft Case
Another top member of the National Police traffic division was named as a suspect in the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) ongoing probe into the graft-tainted purchase of driving simulators
The KPK implicated three additional suspects in a graft scandal that already includes the former director of the National Police traffic corps (Korlantas). The KPK charged Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo on Tuesday with allegedly receiving Rp 2 billion ($ 212,000) in kickbacks to award a contract for the purchase of more than 1,200 driving simulators to Citra Mandiri Metalindo Abadi, a metal company known more for the production of bottle caps than complicated simulators.
The latest charges have pulled Brig. Gen. Didik Purnomo, the current deputy chief of Korlantas, Citra Mandiri Metalindo Abadi president director Budi Susanto and Sukotjo Bambang, the director of the project’s subcontractor Inovasi Teknologi Indonesia into the investigation, Bambang Widjojanto, deputy chairman of the KPK, said on Thursday. All four have been implicated in the corruption scandal.
The allegations broke after Sukotjo — who was serving 3.5 years in prison on similar charges — told investigators that Budi had allegedly paid Djoko Rp 2 billion for the contract to the Rp 198.7 billion project. Budi had reportedly asked Sukotjo to deliver the money to Djoko, who was still with Korlantas at the time.
Djoko is now the governor of the Police Academy in Semarang, Central Java.
The Justice and Human Rights Ministry issued a travel ban for five people on Thursday, including Djoko, Budi and Didik, as well as Adj. Sr. Comr. Teddy Rusmawan, who oversaw the procurement project and Wandy Rustiawan, a high-ranking police official.
KPK investigators arrived at the National Police headquarters on Monday, but were locked inside the compound until Tuesday morning. Police later refused to let KPK investigators take boxes of evidence from the building.
The KPK’s chairman Abraham Samad and National Police Chief Gen. Timur Pradopo met on Tuesday in a show of unity to head off fears that this latest investigation into police corruption will be a repeat of 2009 when two antigraft officials investigating the National Police were charged with abuse of power.