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Jakarta Post

Bribery common in state projects, graft court told

  • Irawaty Wardany

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 8 2008   /  11:50 am

Bribery is common and sometimes necessary in government-funded procurement projects, a graft suspect has said. Dedy Suwarsono, a suspect in a bribery case involving the purchase of patrol vessels by the Transportation Ministry, was speaking during a trial session at the Corruption Court in Jakarta on Friday. "I realize it is not right to give money to government officials. In reality, we (suppliers) often face obstacles (to winning a project), so we have to do it," he told the panel of judges. Dedy, director of PT Bina Mina Karya Perkasa -- one of the companies that secured a tender to procure 20 patrol vessels for the ministry between 2007 and 2008 -- has been charged with bribing Bulyan Royan, a Reform Star Party (PBR) legislator on the House of Representatives' Commission V overseeing transportation and public works. At that time, the House had ...