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Jakarta Post

Alleged cases of graft shaking up ostensibly clean PKS

  • Hasyim Widhiarto and Rendi Akhmad Witular

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 28 2011   /  10:00 am

Similar to other political parties in the country, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has not been immune to graft cases involving its members, despite their inexhaustible campaigns for a holy war against corruption.

Here are some of the cases:

1. Helicopter purchase debacles

In 2002, Jakarta Police named former Forestry Ministry secretary-general Suripto a suspect in a case of cost inflation in the purchase of two used Bell 412 helicopters in 2000 while he served as the ministry’s secretary-general. Suripto is one of the founders of the PKS and is now the party’s head of strategic analysis.

Suripto was detained by the police in November 2002 in the case but was released a couple weeks later.

It remains unclear whether then Forestry Minister Nur Mahmudi Ismail, a PKS founder and former first president for the Justice Party (the PKS’s previous n...