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Takalar regent detained for alleged corruption

  • Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

Makassar | Mon, November 6, 2017 | 08:48 pm
Takalar regent detained for alleged corruption Takalar Regent and graft suspect Burhanuddin Baharuddin (center, with red vest), is escorted by officials to the South Sulawesi Detention Center in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. Investigators from the South Sulawesi Prosecutor’s Office decided to detain the outgoing regent, who has been charged with corruption surrounding the sale of state land worth Rp 17 billion (US$1.26 million), after naming him suspect in July. (The Jakarta Post/Andi Hajramurni)

The South Sulawesi Prosecutor’s Office (Kejati) has detained outgoing Takalar regent Burhanuddin Baharuddin at the Makassar Detention Center in South Sulawesi. Burhanuddin has been named a suspect in a case where he allegedly abused his authority in the sale of state land worth Rp 17 billion (US$1.26 million).

Kejati spokesman Salahuddin said the decision to detained him was made after he ignored three summonses.

“The suspect will be detained for a maximum of 20 days,” Salahuddin said on Monday.

Read also: Outgoing Takalar regent remains a suspect after pretrial motion rejected

Burhanuddin allegedly issued a principal permit for industrial purposes on a plot earmarked for transmigration residential use on state-owned land in Laikang, Mangarabombang district.

Burhanuddin, who lost a reelection bid in February, will end his tenure as Takalar regent in December.

Investigators have also named three other people suspects in the case that came to light in Laikang village, Mangarabombang district — district head Muhammad Noer Utary, village head Sila Laidi and village secretary Andi Sose — for their alleged roles in selling land to the company. (bbs)

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