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Ahok questioned over reclamation project

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 26, 2018   /   07:30 pm
Ahok questioned over reclamation project Construction work is undertaken on reclaimed land in Jakarta Bay. (ANTARA FOTO/Wahyu Putro A)

Former Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama has been questioned in relation to a controversial Jakarta Bay reclamation project, the police have said.

“[Ahok] was questioned at the beginning of this month," Jakarta Police special crimes unit director Sr. Comr. Adi Derian said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com. "Twenty questions were asked," he added.

The questioning took place at the police's Mobile Brigade Command detention center (Mako Brimob), in Depok, West Java, where Ahok is serving a prison sentence for blasphemy, Adi said.

He added that the questioning was aimed at determining whether maladministration had taken place in the multitrillion rupiah project.

Adi, however, refused to elaborate on the matter.

The police previously questioned other Jakarta administration officials, including Jakarta Spatial Land Agency head Benni Agus Chandra as a witness concerning possible irregularities in the project.

Investigators claimed to have detected irregularities in the setting of Islet C’s and Islet D’s taxable value of property (NJOP) at Rp 3.1 million (US$230) per square meter, considering that both islets were as yet uninhabited.

The NJOP is based on independent assessments conducted by public auditors (KJPP), as mandated by Law No. 28/2009 on regional taxation and levies, and Bylaw No.16/2011 on land and building tax in rural and urban areas. 

After the initial NJOP is determined, the property value in following years is set by the city’s tax and levy board once market prices are established.(fac)