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Beef importer Basuki reportedly confesses to bribing Constitutional Court aide

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 27, 2017   /  11:00 am
Beef importer Basuki reportedly confesses to bribing Constitutional Court aide Constitutional Court justice and bribery suspect Patrialis Akbar gets into a car after being questioned by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Jan. 26. Patrialis, Kamaludin and businesspeople Basuki Hariman and Ng Fenny have been detained for their alleged roles in a bribery case. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

Beef importer Basuki Hariman has reportedly confessed to giving US$20,000 and S$200,000 to an aide of Constitutional Court justice Patrialis Akbar, identified as Kamaludin. 

"[Kamaludin] is a friend of mine who is also close friend of Pak Patrialis. I gave him money, since he is close to Pak Patrialis," Basuki was quoted by Antara as saying after undergoing questioning at the Corruption Eradication Commission office in Jakarta on Thursday. 

The KPK has named Patrialis a suspect in a bribery case linked to a judicial review of Law No. 41/2014 on farming and animal husbandry. Patrialis is suspected of accepting a bribe from Basuki, the president director of PT Impexindo Pratama and Sumber Laut Perkasa, through Kamaludin.  

(Read also: KPK names MK justice Patrialis Akbar suspect in bribery case)

"He [Kamaludin] said the money would be used for umroh [minor haj], but I believe the money was for his own personal use," Hariman added. 

Kamaludin reportedly promised to help Basuki win the judicial review filed by an association of local cattle farmers that demanded a review of the law, which it claims favors importers. 

Basuki said he and Patrialis had played golf several times and had met twice for lunch, but Patrialis never mentioned money. "It was Kamaludin who asked for the money." (dmr)

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