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KPK names DPD speaker Irman a suspect in bribery case

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Jakarta   /   Sat, September 17, 2016   /  08:02 pm
KPK names DPD speaker Irman a suspect in bribery case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Sep 17 arrests Regional Representatives Council (DPD) chief Irman Gusman (center) a suspect in a bribery case related to sugar imports. (Antara/Yudhi Mahatma)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Saturday named Regional Representatives Council (DPD) chief Irman Gusman a suspect in a bribery case related to sugar imports.

Irman was arrested along with two other people during a raid at Irman's house on Jl. Denpasar in South Jakarta on Friday evening, KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo said during a press conference on Saturday afternoon.

Two other people were also named as suspects for allegedly handing over the bribe — the director of CV Semesta Berjaya, identified with the initials XSS, and his wife, identified as MMI. During the operation, the KPK also arrested XSS’ brother, identified as WS, although investigators have not named him a suspect.

"The KPK confiscated Rp 100 million [US$7,589] as evidence. The money was allegedly given in relation to the quota of sugar imports given to CV Semesta Berjaya for West Sumatra in 2016," Agus said.

KPK deputy chairman Laode Muhammad Syarif alleged that the money was given to Irman so that he would issue recommendations to the State Logistics Agency (Bulog) for XSS’ company to acquire a bigger share of the sugar import quota.

"The money was allegedly accepted by Irman and was found in his bedroom by KPK investigators," Laode said.

Irman was elected as a DPD member in 2004 representing West Sumatra and served as the council's deputy speaker for five years. He was elected DPD chairman in 2009 and reelected to lead the council for a second term in 2014. (wnd/rin)

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