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Jakarta Post

West Lombok officals named graft suspects

  • The Jakarta Post

Mataram   /   Sat, August 14 2010   /  10:38 am

MATARAM, West Nusa Tenggara: The Mataram Prosecutor’s Office named the West Lombok regency secretary, identified as LS, and its treasurer, identified as AA, as suspects in the alleged misappropriation of Rp 38 billion (US$4.2 million) from the regency’s budget in 2008.

The pair was alleged to have abused their power to disburse social funds and channeled money to a several foundations and organizations, which were later discovered to be fictitious.

“We have named LS and AA as suspects in the case. The exact amount of state losses is still being assessed,” said Mataram Prosecutor’s Office head Ida Bagus Wiswantanu in Mataram on Friday.

In 2008, the West Lombok administration set aside Rp 38 billion in social funds to help social groups and foundations that had previously applied for assistance to the administration.

“Most of them turned out to be ...