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KPK to probe allegation that Teman Ahok received funding from reclamation developers

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 16, 2016   /  09:20 am
KPK to probe allegation that Teman Ahok received funding from reclamation developers Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama meets with journalists after being questioned by Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators as a witness in a corruption case on May 10. (kompas.com/Abba Gabrillin)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will probe recent information alleging that Teman Ahok (Friends of Ahok) received billions in funds from reclamation project developers, the KPK chairman said on Wednesday.

KPK received information alleging that Rp 30 billion was provided to Teman Ahok, KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo said. Teman Ahok is a group of volunteers helping Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama in his bid to run as an independent candidate in the 2017 Jakarta Gubernatorial Election.

KPK plan to issue an investigation letter to confirm the information.

"We have already established the direction of [the investigation], who we will question to delve deeper into the allegation" Agus said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.

KPK deputy chairman Laode M. Syarief also said the commission was taking the allegation seriously, adding that investigators were currently studying the information. 

House of Representatives' commission III lawmaker overseeing legal affairs, Junimart Girsang, first announced that information had been received regarding allegations of cash flow from developers to Teman Ahok during a KPK hearing on Wednesday.

However, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician refused to mention his source of information, claiming to have documents proving the allegation. In the hearing Junimart told KPK that Rp 30 billion had been channeled to Teman Ahok from a developer through Ahok's aide Sunny Tanuwidjaja and political consultant firm Cyrus Network. 

Sunny has been questioned as a witness several times by the KPK over the bribery case involving the discussion of reclamation bylaw drafts in the Jakarta city council. KPK had named city councilor Muhammad Sanusi, Ariesman Widjaja, president director of property giant Agung Podomoro Land, and his employee Trinanda Prihantoro as suspects in the bribery case. (rin)

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