The Jakarta Post
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has uncovered one of the biggest corruption cases in the the anti-graft body's history.
The KPK has named Aswad Sulaiman, a former North Konawe regent in Southeast Sulawesi, a suspect for allegedly abusing his power as regent to issue “unlawful” mining permits in the regency between 2007 and 2014.
“The total estimated state losses reach Rp 2.7 trillion [US$200 million] from the sale of nickel produced by miners that earned their permits illegally,” KPK deputy chairman Saut Situmorang told a press conference on Tuesday.
Former North Konawe regent Aswad Sulaeman. (Antara/File)
Saut confirmed that the case was one of the biggest ever handled by the KPK. By comparison, the high-profile e-ID case involves estimated state losses of Rp 2.3 trillion while the BLBI (Bank Indonesia liquidity support) case allegedly caused Rp 3.7 trillion in losses.
Aswad was a Democratic Party politician when he became the regent from 2011 to 2016.
He was appointed the caretaker regent when the regency was established in 2007.
The KPK has accused him of receiving bribes from eight mining companies.
“The suspect allegedly revoked a mining concession of PT Antam in Langgikima and Molawe districts arbitrarily. Previously, he had allegedly issued 30 mining concessions [in the areas] while Antam’s concession was still valid,” Saut said. (bbs)