The Jakarta Post
A hearing of the bribery case plaguing the Jakarta Bay reclamation projects at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Thursday did not implicate powerful tycoon Sugianto “Aguan” Kusuma or Sunny Tanuwidjaja, Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahja Purnama’s special staffer.
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors several times mentioned the name of Aguan, the owner of Agung Sedayu Group, one of the reclamation project developers, claiming he had organized a series of meetings with city lawmakers and developers to influence the deliberation of zoning bylaws in the reclamation area. However, his name was not mentioned in relation to an Rp2 billion (US$152,149) bribe allegedly given to Jakarta councilor Mohamad Sanusi to expedite the approval of the bylaws.
Thursday’s hearing also did not mention the name of Sunny, who according to the KPK played a role in connecting the developers, Aguan and Ahok.
The failure to implicate the two in the indictment has raised questions about the KPK’s handling of the case because they have both been questioned several times and have had travel bans slapped on them for their alleged involvement in the case.
During the first hearing of the trial, KPK prosecutors indicted publicly listed property developer PT Agung Podomoro Land (APL) president director Ariesman Widjaya and his personal assistant Trinanda Prihantoro, accusing them of bribing Sanusi to change a number of articles in the bylaw so that they would benefit developers including APL and Agung Sedayu Group, which belongs to Aguan.
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