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City Council speaker to be summoned to testify in reclamation trial

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 14, 2016   /  05:37 pm
City Council speaker to be summoned to testify in reclamation trial Agung Podomoro Land CEO Ariesman Widjaja (second right) arrives at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters in Jakarta. (kompas.com /Kristianto Purnomo)

Prosecutors will summon Jakarta City Council Speaker Prasetyo Edi Marsudi to testify in the trial of PT Agung Podomoro Land (APL) president director Ariesman Widjaja, in the bribery case also implicating city councilor Muhammad Sanusi.

The prosecutors will seek clarification from Prasetyo about a recording of his telephone conversation with Sanusi and a manager of Agung Sadayu Group (ASG), Saipul Zuhri, alias Pupung, which indicates that Prasetyo and other councilors were also beneficiaries of the bribes, related to the deliberation of two reclamation bills.

The recording was played during Wednesday’s hearing.

APL and AGS are two developers who hold reclamation permits issued by the Jakarta city administration.

“Sanusi, who was involved in the conversation, will be summoned. Prasetyo and other councilors will also be summoned too,” Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutor Ali Fikri told journalists on Thursday as reported by tribunnews.com.

The case came into the spotlight when KPK investigators arrested Sanusi red-handed receiving a bribe from APL. The developer was reportedly seeking a reduction in the additional contribution required of corporations that was to be stipulated in one of the two bylaws.

The KPK also named Ariesman and another APL employee as suspects and has questioned ASG boss Sugianto Kusuma, alias Aguan, and Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama.

The City Council halted the deliberation of the bylaws following Sanusi’s arrest.

Ali said that from the investigation into the telephone conversation, investigators could open a new separate case relating to the bribery.

Meanwhile, Prasetyo was laconic when asked for comment about his summons, saying that he was not involved in the conversation. “They mentioned my name, but I was not involved in the conversation. Please ask those people, I will not comment on it. Just ask Sanusi,” he added. (bbn)

 

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