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Jakarta Post

Riau Islands governor charged with graft

  • Arghea Desafti Hapsari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 5 2010   /  10:17 am

The Corruption Court has charged Riau Islands Governor Ismeth Abdullah over price rigging in a number of procurements of fire trucks during his tenure as administrator of the Batam Authority Body from 2004 to 2006.The graft is estimated to have caused the state Rp 5.4 billion (almost US$600,000) in losses.
The charges carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.Prosecutors accused Ismeth of personally appointing a company to procure five fire engines and a ladder truck, thus allowing the latter to inflate prices and share the earnings with the collaborators.The first purchase was made in 2004, when Ismeth directly appointed PT Satal Nusantara to supply four fire engines worth more than Rp 7.9 billion in total.The prosecution said Ismeth had ordered several of his subordinates to bribe Sofyan Usman, then a member of the House of Representatives’ budget commission.Sofyan, a politicia...