Police top brass grilled in driving simulator scandal
Hans Nicholas Jong
The Jakarta Post
National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Nanan Sukarna faced a second round of questioning at the Corruption Eradication Commission's (KPK) headquarters on Tuesday over the graft-ridden driving simulator project, which he approved.
The procurement of driving simulator facilities from the 2011 annual budget was believed to have caused financial losses of Rp 100 billion (US$10 million) to the state.
Speaking after being questioned for six hours, he denied any cash flow from PT Inovasi Teknologi Indonesia (ITI) to the National Police general supervision inspectorate (Irwasum), which he headed in 2011 when the project was being deliberated at the National Police Traffic Corps (Korlantas).
'There's no such thing,' Nanan told reporters at the KPK's headquarters, adding that he was not asked about the kickbacks by the antigraft body's investigators.
PT ITI director Sukotjo S. Bambang testified during the trial of former Korlantas chief Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo that he gave Rp 1.5 billion to the inspectorate for it to recommend PT Citra Mandiri Metalindo Abadi (CMMA) as the project's tender winner. PT CMMA later subcontracted the project to PT ITI.
Nanan said that as the head of the Irwasum, he conducted a preliminary audit on the project to ensure that it would get the go-ahead.
He said that the audit decided to give the green light to the project despite some reservations. 'There were certain aspects that had to be perfected,' said Nanan, without elaborating.
He added that by conducting the audit, the Irwasum did not violate Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 54/2010 on public goods and services procurement.
'As a matter of fact, the end user of the project should establish a special team to monitor the authority bestowed by each end user,' said Nanan.
Besides conducting the audit, Nanan said that he also signed a letter dated April 8, 2011, to award the project to CMMA.
National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo and Djoko, the only top police officials to be charged in the case, were among those who signed the letter. 'I signed the letter not as the National Police deputy chief but as the head of the Irwasum,' he said.
Commenting on Nanan's questioning, KPK spokesperson Johan Budi said that the antigraft body had not been able to determine whether the inspectorate received any kickbacks or not. 'The information was revealed while Djoko was still facing charges,' he said. 'Therefore, we haven't been able to conclude if the inspectorate was involved'.
Johan added that the KPK would verify the testimony of Sukotjo first to see whether it could find
necessary evidence to back up the information.
He, however, did not rule out the probability of the KPK naming new suspects from the National Police, saying that the antigraft body could open up a new investigation on people who were accused of corruption by graft suspects and witnesses.
Johan cited the case of former Democratic Party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin, who served as a whistle blower when the KPK was investigating him for masterminding the bribery scheme surrounding the construction of the athletes' village for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Palembang, South Sumatra.
Nazaruddin repeatedly mentioned former Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum as having a major role in a graft case centering on the construction of the Hambalang sports complex in Bogor, West Java, in which he was ultimately named as a suspect.
'But we can't summon Anas as a witness for the athletes' village case, so we opened up a new investigation on the Hambalang graft case,' Johan said.
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