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BPK submits Hambalang audit
to DPR, sports ministry

The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) officially handed its second investigative report into the graft-ridden Hambalang sports complex to the House of Representatives (DPR) and the Youth and Sports Ministry on Friday.

“There are indications, according the our investigative reports I and II, that the state has suffered losses amounting to Rp 463.76 billion (US$42.6 million) due to the project,” agency chairman Hadi Poernomo said at the House on Friday as quoted by kompas.com.

Hadi said that the agency had met with a number of barriers during its investigation, which resulted in the second audit report taking some time to complete.

In the BPK's first audit report, the agency revealed an indication of Rp 243.66 billion in state losses resulting from irregularities like permits, the tender process, the construction and down payments for disbursements.

According to Hadi, the second report found more irregularities, indicating abuses of authority, in areas such as the handing out of land and building permits, the approval of a multiyear duration for the project and the manipulation of financial reports.

The BPK is also scheduled to hand its latest report to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Friday.

As of Friday lunchtime, the KPK had not detained the two high-profile suspects in the case, former youth and sports minister Andi Mallarangeng, and Anas Urbaningrum, the former chairman of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party, as the commission was still awaiting the submission of the second audit report.

Anas was named a suspect in the corruption case for allegedly accepting a gratuity in the form of a Toyota Harrier SUV in 2009 from state-owned construction company PT Adhi Karya, the firm that won the tender to build the Rp 1.17 trillion Hambalang sports complex in West Java.

Meanwhile, Andi was named a suspect for allegedly abusing his authority with regard to the project.

The KPK has named two other suspects in the case: Deddy Kusdinar, a senior official at the Youth and Sports Ministry and PT Adhi Karya's operational director, Teuku Bagus Muhammad Noor. So far, only Deddy has been arrested by the KPK. (hrl)

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