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Jakarta Post

KPK raises possibility of ‘collusion’ in Papua road project

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 4, 2017   /  01:01 pm
KPK raises possibility of ‘collusion’ in Papua road project On the hunt: Investigators from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prepare to search the office of the Papua governor in Jakarta on Feb. 2 in its investigation into alleged graft related to the Kemiri-Depapre road construction project. (Antara/Indrayadi TH)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is looking into the possibility of naming another suspect in a graft case related to the Jayapura road construction project that implicates Michael Kambuaya, the head of the Papua Public Works Agency.

The anti-graft body said it had uncovered alleged collusion among the parties involved in the project.

“During the [ongoing] investigation, investigators uncovered alleged collusion committed by parties involved in the project,” KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah told journalists on Friday.

He further said the investigation revealed an alleged mark-up in the Rp 89 billion (US$6.68 million) construction project, for which the state suffered Rp 42 billion in losses, or almost a half of the value of the project.

“There are indications that the project is 40 percent overvalued. Around 10 to 15 percent from the total mark-up [the deduction from the real and perceived value of the project] was distributed to local officials,” Febri said.

He further said the corruption case violated the rights of Papuans to enjoy the full benefits of infrastructure development.

Financed by the 2015 revised regional budget, the project involves a 24-kilometer road connecting Kemiri and Depapre in Jayapura. (mrc/ebf)

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