Purbalingga regent arrested over alleged graft
The Jakarta Post
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested Purbalingga Regent Tasdi in a sting on Monday afternoon over his suspected involvement in a graft case related to construction projects in Purbalingga, Central Java.
KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said he was not able to provide detailed information on the projects. “The money reportedly accepted was part of commitment fees that had been discussed before,” he said as quoted by tempo.co in Jakarta on Tuesday.
In the regent's arrest, the KPK seized money as evidence. Several rooms have been sealed, while a car was also seized for further investigation.
Tasdi is a member of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P). Bambang Irawan, the secretary of PDI-P Purbalingga's central executive board, said the party would support the legal process. He added that the PDI-P had always been strict with its members implicated in corruption.
“Automatically he will be dismissed,” Bambang said. “We've received this information from the party’s secretary-general, but we haven’t officially received the letter,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.
The KPK has arrested six people, including Tasdi, in the case. (stu/ebf)
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