National Police Chief Gen. Timur Pradopo has been implicated in the driving simulator graft case that recently sparked off a fresh feud between the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the police.
Local Tempo magazine obtained a copy of a decree signed by Timur on April 8, 2011, that approved of company Citra Mandiri Metalindo Abadi as the winner of a bid to procure driving test simulators for automobiles. The contract was valued at Rp 142.4 billion ($15 million).
The decree was also signed by a number of other senior officials within the National Police, including the head of the police’s Traffic Corps as the initiator of the project, the head of the general secretariat, the National Police chief’s assistant for facilities and another assistant for general planning and development.
The National Police deputy chief and the inspector for general supervision are two other officials whose signatures were seen on the decree.
An anonymous source with the National Police told the magazine that any project worth more than Rp 100 billion needed to be approved by the police chief before it could be executed.
National Police Deputy Chief Comr. Gen. Nanan Sukarna and Deputy Chief Detective Insp. Gen. Saud Usman Nasution have refused to comment on the Tempo report, part of which was published on tempo.co on Monday.
National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto, meanwhile, said the driving simulator procurement deal was fully the responsibility of then Traffic Corps head, Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo.
“The National Police chief was only cc-ed,” Agus said.
The KPK began their investigation in the graft-ridden project in July, naming several police generals, including Djoko, as suspects in the case. Djoko is accused of taking a Rp 2
billion kickback to award the contract for the simulator procurement to
an unqualified company.
Djoko was serving as the governor of the Police Academy when he was implicated in the case and was discharged from the position in August.
Shortly after the KPK named Djoko a suspect, the police claimed it had already launched its own investigation into the case. A lawyer for the National Police, Otto Hasibuan, claimed that a police detective informed the KPK of the probe in July.