The Jakarta Post
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 'Giving 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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