Riau governor named suspect in two graft cases
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named Riau
Governor Rusli Zainal a suspect in two separate graft cases on Friday.
KPK spokesman Johan Budi announced that Rusli had been accused
of bribing a group of local councilors, through Riau Sports and Youth Agency
head Lukman Abbas, in an attempt to expedite the revision of a bylaw that increased
the budget for the construction of the 2012 National Games (PON) venues in Riau.
Johan added that Rusli had also been accused of accepting a bribe from a private
company that benefited from the bylaw. Previously, seven local councilors were arrested in connection with the case.
KPK investigators also confiscated Rp 900 million (U$94,000) as evidence of the
“Rusli is accused of violating the Corruption Law and the Criminal Code and is therefore
liable to more than five years in prison if found guilty at court,” he said.
Johan went on to say that besides the PON graft scandal, Rusli, who is a Golkar
Party central board executive, was also named a suspect in a forest graft case in
Rusli is suspected of abusing his authority to approve annual
work plans of a number of private companies that operate in Pelalawan. Two former
regents, then Pelalawan regent Tengku Azmun Jafar and then Siak regent Arwin AS,
are serving time in connection with the case.