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Jakarta Post

Situbondo regent named graft suspect

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, September 5 2008   /  02:19 pm

SURABAYA: East Java Police have sought President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's permission to interrogate the detained Situbondo regent Ismunarso for allegedly misappropriating regency funds, said a police official recently. The request has been sent to the President and the police have detained seven other regency officials in the same case. Chief of the provincial police's corruption crime unit, Adj. Sr. Comr. I Nyoman Komin, said the unit had sufficient evidence to hold the regent as a suspect. Police said Ismunarso had endorsed the investment funds, worth Rp 86 billion (US$9 million), and transferred them to Bank BNI's Situbondo branch in September 2006, where they were intended for coal trading firms PT Sentra Artha Aditama and PT Golden Harvest, later found to be fake. When the scandal surfaced in 2007, the regency administration withdrew Rp 42.3 bil...