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AGO being held back by SBY over questioning of Bengkulu governor

  • Dian Kuswandini,

    The Jakarta Post,

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 31 2008   /  10:50 am

The Attorney General's Office on Tuesday quizzed Bengkulu Governor Agusrin Maryono Najamuddin as a suspect in a Rp 21.3 billion (US$1.7 million) corruption case. Assistant attorney general for special crimes Marwan Effendy said Agusrin was charged with misusing Rp 6 billion from the province's 2006 tax revenue. "We're going on the fact he used the allegedly stolen money. Our initial investigation shows he spent the money in an investment," he said. "(Agusrin) should have transferred the revenue to the Bengkulu coffers, but instead he deposited it in a temporary bank account for his own personal use." However, Marwan said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had not consented to the AGO's immediate detention of the governor. "The President only allowed us to question him, not detain him," Marwan said. In August, the AGO named Agusrin a suspect in the case, but subsequently...