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Jakarta Post

KPK questions Suswono about beef

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 19 2013   /  11:00 am

Suswono. JP/Jerry Adiguna The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) politician and Agriculture Minister Suswono on Monday on his possible role in the high-profile bribery case centering on the government-run beef importation program.

Suswono has been linked to the bribery case because of his conversation with former PKS chairman Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq which took place before the latter was arrested by the KPK for allegedly accepting a Rp 1 billion (US$103,000) bribe from meat importing company PT Indoguna Utama.

Speaking after his interrogation, Suswono confirmed that he did have a conversation with Luthfi in Medan concerning the meat importation quota.

“Yes, it happened,” he said when asked about the meeting. Suswono, however, maintained his innocence, saying that he had nothing to do with the bribery scandal.