KPK Finds Cash and Gold in Rudi’s Office
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has seized additional cash, foreign currency and gold, from bribery suspect Rudi Rubiandini.
“After we conducted a search of Rudi’s office, we found money in a safe,” KPK spokesman Johan Budi SP said. “The total was Sing$60,000, 180 grams of gold and $2,000.”
Earlier this week, the KPK formally charged Rudi with accepting a $400,000 bribe from Kernel Oil, a Singapore-based firm. Rudi has been suspended from his position as head of Indonesia’s oil and gas regulator, SKKMigas, and dismissed as a commissioner at state-owned Bank Mandiri.
According to Johan, investigators found an additional $320,100 in a safe deposit box in a Jakarta branch of Bank Mandiri.
In March, Rudi reported his wealth to the KPK according to official procedure: Rp 8 billion ($821,060) in combined assets, including real estate, vehicles and cash.
KPK investigators searched several additional locations on Thursday, including Rudi’s office in SKKMigas, Kernel Oil’s office in the SCBD area of South Jakarta, and the office of Waryono Karno, secretary general of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.
The KPK confiscated documents and a black bag containing $200,000 from Waryono’s office,
Waryono said yesterday that he did not know why his office had been searched. He denied having any connections to Kernel Oil.
The KPK had named Rudi, Kernel Oil owner Simon Tanjaya and golf trainer Deviardi as suspects in the bribery case. The three were arrested at Rudi’s private residence on Tuesday night.
In addition, the KPK issued four travel bans, three of them to SKKMigas officials: Agus Sapto Raharjo Moerdi Hartono, head of the commercial oil and condensate division; Popi Ahmad Nafis, head of the commercial gas division; and lwan Ratman, head of the operations division. Artha Meris Simbolon, president director of private oil and gas company Surya Parna Niaga, received the fourth ban.