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Jakarta Post

Balikpapan prosecutors question ex-Panwaslu head in alleged embezzlement case

  • N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 6, 2018   /   03:05 pm
Balikpapan prosecutors question ex-Panwaslu head in alleged embezzlement case Get ready: An election officer moves a ballot box from the Ciamis Regional Elections logistics warehouse in Ciamis regency, West Java, on Feb.28. (Antara/Adeng Bustomi)

The Balikpapan Prosecutors’ Office in East Kalimantan questioned on Monday Balikpapan Elections Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu) former head Jumiko on his alleged involvement in the embezzlement of election funds in 2015.

Jumiko, who is currently a member of Panwaslu Balikpapan, has been questioned as a witness in the case, which centers around the alleged embezzlement of more than Rp 7 billion (US$508,200) that was earmarked for the Panwaslu in 2015 by the Balikpapan administration.

The case reportedly incurred Rp 970 million in state losses.

“The investigation is in line with our decision to name him and two others suspects in the case,” the Prosecutors’ Office’s attorney for special crimes (Pidsus) Yuda Virdana said on Monday.

The two other suspects are MAS, the supervisory committee’s secretariat head in 2015, and AN, Panwaslu Balikpapan treasurer. “We named them suspects on Feb.26," Yuda added.

The suspects allegedly used the Panwaslu funds on meals, rental cars and furniture for committee events.

Accompanied by his two lawyers, Dedi Wirawan and Didi Setiawan, Jumiko was questioned for four hours. “I fulfilled the Office’s summons,” he said as he arrived at the Balikpapan Prosecutors’ Office.

The agency began investigating the matter in September 2017. Prosecutors questioned 22 witnesses in the pre-investigation stage before focusing on the three suspects in the case.   

“In today’s [Tuesday’s] summons, he [Jumiko] was still being questioned as a witness in the case,” Didi said. (ebf)