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Jakarta Post

KPK summons City Council speakers, legislators


    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 11, 2016   /  11:00 am
KPK summons City Council speakers, legislators An employee of PT Agung Podomoro Land, Trinanda Prihantoro, covers his face after being questioned at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters on April 4. KPK investigators arrested Trinanda on suspicion of bribing Jakarta city councillor Mohamad Sanusi. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak A.)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned six members of the Jakarta City Council as witnesses on Monday amid allegations of bribery relating to bylaws governing a controversial reclamation project off the capital's coast.

The KPK is to question City Council Speaker Edi Marsudi, deputy speaker Ferial Sofyan, council legislation body chief Mohamad Taufik and his deputy Merry Hotma and councillors S. Nurdin and Mohamad Sangaji, KPK spokesman Priharsa Nugraha told Antara news agency on Monday.

The six will face questions regarding the discussion of a bylaw on the spatial planning of the Jakarta strategic coastal area. The KPK will also summon the head of the City Council's  bylaw division, Dameria Hutagalung.

Commission investigators searched the City Council building on April 1 and seized related documents following the arrest of Gerindra Party councillor Mohamad Sanusi, whose house was searched on April 8.

Besides Sanusi, the KPK named Agung Podomoro Land (APL) president director Ariesman Widjaja and employee Trinanda Prihantoro  suspects for bribing Sanusi to further the company's interests in the drafting of bylaws relating to the zoning of the areas being reclaimed off the north coast of Jakarta.

In the operation, KPK investigators found evidence of Rp 1.14 billion of a total Rp 2 billion allegedly given by Arieswan to Sanusi through Trinanda.

The KPK has also imposed travel bans on PT Agung Sedayu Group chief Sugianto "Aguan" Sugianto, Sunny Tanuwidjaya, an aide to Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, Agung Sedayu Group director Richard Halim Kusuma, APL employee Gerry Prasetya and APL directors' secretary Berlian. (rin)

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