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Jakarta Post

Jokowi hands over his Metallica guitar to KPK

  • Sita W.Dewi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 6, 2013   /  05:19 pm

Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo on Monday reported and handed over a guitar given to him by American heavy metal band Metallica to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to avoid a potential violation of the Corruption Law.

Metallica'€™s bass player Robert Trujillo gave the Ibanez bass guitar to the governor through promoter Jonathan Liu who planned to hold a Metallica concert in Jakarta later this year.

Trujillo hand wrote a personal message on the guitar, saying '€œGiving back! To Jokowi. Keep playing that cool funky bass."

Jokowi denied the guitar was a gratuity for the expedition of the concert permit issuance.

"It is like when a leader of another country pays a visit and gives me a souvenir. All good concerts should be approved ['€¦] because why not?" he said.

KPK gratuities director Giri Supradiono said everything given to a public official was potentially a gratuity.

"However, I have not yet decided whether the guitar was a form of a repayment," Giri told The Jakarta Post.

He added that the KPK would return the guitar to the governor once they determined that the guitar was not proven as compensation. (ebf)

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