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Jakarta Post

KPK slaps third, money-laundering charge against Nganjuk regent

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 9, 2018   /   10:27 am
KPK slaps third, money-laundering charge against Nganjuk regent Non-active Nganjuk Regent Taufiqurrahman walks into the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters for questioning on Dec. 19, 2017. The KPK, which had already charged him with bribery and gratuity offenses, has now added the charge of money laundering in connection with projects in the regency. (Antara/Wahyu Putro)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has formally accused non-active Nganjuk Regent Taufiqurrahman of laundering billions of rupiah between 2013 and 2017, the third charge to be lodged against the bribery suspect.

“He is suspected of spending at least Rp 5 billion [US$372,500], which he had been receiving as a gratuity, in various ways, including [on] cars and land,” KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said on Monday.

He added that the anti-graft body's investigators had confiscated two automobiles and a 12-hectare land in the East Java regency, along with documents as supporting evidence in the case.

The latest charge is the third charge that the KPK has lodged against Taufiqurrahman since his arrest in October 2017, when he was caught red-handedly accepting bribes from officials through his confidants, allegedly in connection with the rotation of regency officials. The first two charges are for bribery and gratuity offenses.

The non-active regent had evaded prosecution in an earlier graft case concerning the construction of five bridges in the regency, filing a pretrial motion with the South Jakarta District Court that was approved.

In March, the judge presiding over the pretrial hearing ruled in Taufiqurrahman's favor and ordered the KPK to void his suspect status. The judge also ordered the KPK to submit the graft case to the Attorney General’s Office, which has yet to follow up on its findings.