Anti-corruption watchdog
officially names Aulia
Pohan a suspect

A new chapter in Bank Indonesia (BI) corruption saga unfolded Wednesday as the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) announced that former BI deputy governor Aulia Pohan and three other former BI top officials were suspects.

"We have named former BI deputy governors Aulia Pohan, Aslim Tadjuddin, Maman Sumantri and Bun Bunan Hutapea as suspects," KPK chairman Antasari Azhar told a press conference at the anti-graft body headquarters.

According to Antasari, the KPK had named Aulia suspect based on investigation results, facts revelations during trial, and most recently, the Corruption Court's verdict on former BI governor Burhanuddin Abdullah.

Earlier in the day, Burhanuddin was found guilty of graft. He was sentenced to five years in prison and fined Rp 250 million (US$23,250).

Antasari said that following the announcement, KPK would start questioning the suspects next Monday. The chairman, however, did not say whether the suspects would be detained.

Aulia Pohan is President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono son's father-in law.

The KPK had been under public criticism for failing to name Aulia and other deputies as suspects when a former BI governor, two former top BI officials, and two former legislators have been brought to trial. The KPK accused the newly named suspects of also being responsible in a BI board of governors' decision to approve an illegal disbursement of BI funds.

The board had cashed Rp 100 billion to cover the legal expenses of five former senior BI officials, and as payment for members of the then members of House of Representatives Commission IX, which oversaw banking financial affairs.

The money, taken form BI's proxy the Indonesian Banking Development Foundation (YPPI), was intended to resolve the Bank Indonesia liquidity support (BLBI) graft case and win favor in the amendment of the BI law that was under deliberation at Commission IX in 2003. (dre)

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