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Jakarta Post

KPK names company suspect

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 14, 2017   /   04:00 pm
KPK names company suspect Under investigation: Jakarta deputy governor-elect Sandiaga Uno talks to journalists after attending a questioning at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in on May 23. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak A)

A construction firm linked to Jakarta deputy governor-elect Sandiaga Uno has been declared the first corporation ever to be named a corruption suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Publicly listed PT Duta Graha Indah (DGI), which has changed its name to PT Nusantara Konstruksi Enjiniring, has been named a suspect in a corruption case involving the construction of a hospital at state Udayana University in Bali during the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

“Yes, this is the first for the KPK [to charge a corporation],” agency commissioner Laode Muhammad Syarif told Friday.

KPK investigators questioned on Friday Sandiaga, a business tycoon who, along with Anies Baswedan, won a highly divisive Jakarta gubernatorial election earlier this year, as a witness in the case.

A former member of DGI’s board of commissioners, Sandiaga claimed he did not have any knowledge about the current management of the firm. He was first questioned as a witness in the case in May.

In 2016, the Supreme Court issued a regulation on directives in handling corporate crime, paving the way for law enforcement agencies to name any company in any criminal cases, such as corruption, environmental and fishery crimes. (mos/kuk)