The Jakarta Post
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 kompas.com 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)