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Riau governor claims innocence
in graft case

Riau Governor Rusli Zainal claimed he was not involved in the 2012 National Games (PON) graft scandal, despite incriminating testimony from several witnesses during his trial.

“Alhamdulillah [praise God], I never ordered my subordinates [to bribe the councilors],” he told reporters on Friday.

The case centers on the construction of a PON venue in Riau. Rusli allegedly ordered his subordinates to bribe local councilors in exchange for a revision of a bylaw to inflate the cost of the project.

In April, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) officers arrested seven local councilors while they were accepting Rp 900 million (US$93,897) in bribes and confiscated the bribe money as evidence.

So far, the KPK has named 13 suspects from the local legislative council and the administration in the case.

Four of the suspects have been convicted by the Jakarta Corruption Court, including Rusli’s aide, Eka Dharma Putra.

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