KPK slaps multiple graft charges on Malang regent
The Jakarta Post
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named Rendra Kresna, the regent of Malang in East Java, a suspect in a bribery case related to special allocation funds for education and for allegedly accepting unlawful gifts.
In the first case, the antigraft body suspects Rendra of accepting bribes amounting to around Rp 3.45 billion (US$226,813) from businessman Ali Murtopo, which is related to the central government's regional transfer for education in the regency. Both were named suspects in the case.
“During his first term in office from 2010 to 2015, the regent allegedly took money from projects across the regency, including book and teaching equipment procurement projects, to pay off his debt [that was caused by] funding his campaign,” KPK deputy chairman Saut Situmorang said during a press briefing on Thursday.
He added that Rendra and Ali, who was a member of the former’s campaign team during the election, allegedly rigged the tender.
Meanwhile, Rendra and businessman Eryk Armando Talla were named suspects for allegedly accepting bribes related to projects across the regency totaling around Rp 3.55 billion.
Saut said they were named suspects after investigators raided 22 locations across the regency, including the regent’s residence this week. During the raid, investigators seized documents, as well as Rp 324 million and $15,000 in cash.
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