The Jakarta Post
Investigators of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Wednesday questioned the chairman of the Agung Sedayu Group (ASG), Sugianto Kusuma alias Aguan, and Sunny Tanuwijaya, a special staff member of Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tahaja Purnama, as witnesses in a bribery case involving the deliberations over offshore land reclamation bills.
The smiling Aguan, who arrived at the KPK office in South Jakarta at 9:30 a.m, declined to make any comment about the questioning.
“He was summoned to testify as a witness in a bribery case connected with deliberations over [reclamation] bills,” said KPK spokesperson Yuyuk Andriati in Jakarta on Wednesday as reported by kompas.com.
City councilor Mohamad Sanusi was arrested during an operation early last month when he was allegedly caught red-handed receiving bribe money from PT Agung Podomoro Land (APL) in connection with the deliberations over two city bills that would become the legal basis for land reclamation: the northern Jakarta strategic area spatial plan and the zoning of coastal areas and small islands.
The KPK had named APL CEO Ariesman Widjaja and employee Trinanda Prihantoro suspects in the bribery case. Meanwhile, Aguan and Sunny have been prohibited from traveling abroad for six months as their testimonies are needed by the KPK to investigate the case.
Meanwhile, Sunny, who arrived earlier than Aguan, said that he would be questioned as a witness concerning Sanusi and Ariesman.
Sunny previously admitted that he frequently acted as a mediator between Ahok and the business community. Sunny said that through Ahok their messages could be relayed to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo because he assumed that Ahok and Jokowi were close friends.
APL and ASG are companies that received permits from the Jakarta city administration to carry out reclamation in Jakarta Bay. The administration plans to develop 17 islets, but the City Council on Tuesday announced that it will postpone the deliberations over the two bylaws because of the arrest of its councilor. (bbn)
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