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Kutai Kartanegara regent named bribery suspect

Kutai Kartanegara regent named bribery suspect Combating corruption: Anticorruption activists stage a rally in front of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters in Jakarta on Sept. 7. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
Balikpapan, East Kalimantan   ●   Tue, September 26, 2017 2017-09-26 22:20 1320 1f87594453bb792833e1ece3a222423c 1 National Kutai-Kartanegara,Rita-Widyasari,regent,KPK,corruption,corruption-eradication-commission,graft,graft-suspect Free

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named the regent of Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan, Rita Widyasari a suspect for allegedly receiving unlawful gifts. 

The antigraft body also named Rita’s colleague, Media Bangun Bersama commissioner Khairudin, who is also the head of the Kutai Kartanegara chapter of the National Committee of Indonesian Youth (KNPI).

KPK deputy chairman Laode M. Syarif confirmed the regent’s suspect status. “She has been named a suspect as a result of an ordinary case development, she was not caught red-handed,” he said at the House of Representatives complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, a KPK team searched the Kutai Kartanegara regent’s office complex on Jl. Wolter Monginsidi, Tenggarong. From 10 a.m. local time, a number of investigators wearing vests emblazoned with KPK logos on the back removed documents from several offices in the complex.

“We prepared what had been requested,” the Kutai Kartanegara administration’s public relations division head Dafip Haryanto said. He did not provide further details on what documents had been requested by the KPK team.

Dafip said Rita was not in Tenggarong as she was attending an event in Jakarta. In her short text message as quoted by, Rita said she had not been arrested. (ebf)