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Jakarta Post

Hulu Sungai Tengah regent arrested for alleged bribery

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 6 2018   /  12:54 am

Graft busters are starting the year off with handcuffs at the ready.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested on Thursday Abdul Latif, the regent of Hulu Sungai Tengah regency in South Kalimantan, in its first sting this year.

Abdul was apprehended in Banjarbaru, South Kalimantan for allegedly accepting bribes related to the construction of a region-owned hospital.

In the operation, investigators also arrested three other suspects: alleged bribe recipients Hulu Sungai Tengah Chamber of Commerce head Fauzan Rifani and Abdul Basit, director of PT Sugriwa Agung; as well as the alleged payer of Rp 3.6 billion (US$268,560) in bribes Donny Winoto, director of PT Menara Agung.

Abdul, is an elite of political newcomer the Berkarya Party. His case has also raised questions about the recruitment and integrity system of the new political party, which was fou...