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KPK detains Kutai Kartanegara regent

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Jakarta | Fri, October 6, 2017 | 10:41 pm
KPK detains Kutai Kartanegara regent Deputy chairperson of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Basaria Panjaitan (left) and spokesman Febri Diansyah give a press conference on the bribery and gratuity case that has implicated Kutai Kertanegara Regent Rita Widyasari and two businessmen in the KPK headquarters in Jakarta on Sept. 28. (Antara/Aprilio Akbar)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained Kutai Kartanegara Regent Rita Widyasari nearly two weeks after naming her a suspect in a bribery case.

Rita was being held at a KPK detention center in Jakarta on Friday, KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said. The agency moved to detain her after lengthy questioning by investigators on Friday. She had previously dodged a summons for questioning from the agency.

Besides arresting her, the antigraft agency also arrested the commissioner of PT Media Bangun Bersama Khairudin who had also been named a suspect in the same case. Khairudin and Rita are alleged to have received gratuities.

“They are both being held for an initial 20 days,” Febri said on Friday as reported by tempo.co.

Read also: Kutai Kartanegara regent implicated in plantation permit bribery case: KPK

Rita was named a suspect on Sept. 26 in a case related to a permit issuance for an oil palm plantation to PT Sawit Golden Prima in Kupang Baru village, Muara Kaman district in Kutai Kartanegara.

KPK has accused Rita of receiving Rp 6 billion (US$444,313) in bribes from PT Sawit’s president director Hery Susanto, who has also been named a suspect. (rin)

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