Takalar regent detained for alleged corruption
The Jakarta Post
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.
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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