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Komnas HAM asks KPK to help investigate own budget irregularities

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Jakarta   /   Tue, November 1, 2016   /  12:22 pm
Komnas HAM asks KPK to help investigate own budget irregularities Public accountability – Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) head Harry Azhar Azis (right), accompanied by BKP secretary general Hendar Ristriawan (left), speaks to journalists at a press conference after he handed over the audit results on financial reports submitted by ministries and non-ministry government institutions for the first semester of this year at the Presidential Office in Jakarta on Oct. 5. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has asked the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to help it with an internal investigation into alleged fictitious spending amounting to Rp 820.2 million (US$62,922.95) in 2015.

Komnas HAM chairman Imdadun Rahmat that the commission had set up an honorary council and an internal team in August to investigate the matter, which was uncovered in a Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) financial report released earlier this year. However, he said, the two bodies did not have the capacity to investigate who was responsible for the misuse of funds.

“Therefore, we sent a letter to the KPK, asking it to investigate who bears responsibility for the budget irregularities,” Imdadun said in Jakarta on Monday, as quoted by kompas.com.

(Read also: Komnas HAM bears responsibility in alleged budget misuse: Lawmaker)

He was speaking at a press conference to respond to the 2015 Komnas HAM Financial Report released by the BPK. In the report, the BPK revealed several irregularities, prompting the agency’s refusal to give any opinion on the commission’s financial report.

Three other commissioners, Roichatul Aswidah, Siti Noor Laila and Sandrayati Moniaga, also attended the meeting.

Roichatul opened the press conference by conveying the commission’s apology to all Indonesian people over the budget irregularities revealed by the BPK. She said that after an investigation, the honorary council had found that a Komnas HAM commissioner, identified as DB, had misused Rp 330 million.

“The honorary council declares that commissioner DB has misused the commission’s official residence rental funds,” said Roichatul. For his acts, she further said, DB had been dismissed from his position as commissioner in a plenary meeting. (ebf)

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