The Jakarta Post
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) cleared president-elect Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo of three graft allegations on Tuesday, rejecting calls to investigate the Jakarta governor.
KPK deputy chairman Adnan Pandu Praja said the commission had followed up on the graft allegations, which related to Jokowi's tenure as Surakarta mayor and Jakarta governor, and found them to be baseless.
Adnan said the reports related to a suspicious overseas bank account allegedly in Jokowi's name; alleged corruption surrounding the Jakarta administration's procurement of Transjakarta buses in 2013; and the alleged misuse of the 2010 Surakarta City Community Education Aid (BPMKS) funds.
'Our team found no factual data [as claimed] on the BPMKS program. Jokowi's hands are clean on the BPMKS program. However, we did find a number of inconsistencies in the report itself that we received on the BPMKS case. One of those was the report said the total budget for the program was Rp 23 billion, when in fact it was Rp 21 billion,' Pandu said at KPK headquarters on Tuesday.
Pandu went on that the antigraft body's probe had not discovered an overseas bank account in Jokowi's name, let alone one with US$8 million in it, a claim made previously by an NGO called Progress 98, which allegedly has close links to defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto.
'We also worked with the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre [PPATK] to investigate the alleged bank account. But in this regard as well, Jokowi is in the clear,' he said, adding that Jokowi's personal bank account contained no irregularities.
With regard to the Transjakarta bus procurement, Pandu said the KPK was about to follow up on the allegation report, but the Attorney General's Office (AGO) had begun to investigate the case without giving the KPK prior notice.
'Our legal agreement with the National Police and the AGO stipulates that the KPK cannot investigate a case that is being or has already been investigated by either of those law enforcement institutions. For further information about the Transjakarta case, please ask the AGO,' Pandu said.
He concluded that no investigation would be launched into Jokowi based on the reports received so far, explaining that the commission could only launch an investigation if a graft allegations could be corroborated by evidence.
Pandu also denied claims that Jokowi had instructed him to clear his name ahead of his inauguration on Oct. 20 at the House of Representatives, which is now under the control of a coalition of parties that backed Prabowo's presidential candidacy.
'This is to avoid the issue from becoming a political football. We explained everything earlier to the people who filed the allegations. Today, I am speaking here because there is an rumor circulating that Deputy House Speaker Fadli Zon said the House wanted to summons the KPK to offer some clarification. We expect this explanation to suffice in giving the public a clear insight into what actually happened,' Pandu said.
Earlier, Fadli said the House was planning to summons the KPK and the AGO following a report to the House filed by Rachmawati Soekarnoputri, the younger sister of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri, who endorsed Jokowi during July's presidential election.
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