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Kediri police chief caught in Saber Pungli raid

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Jakarta   /   Wed, August 22, 2018   /   04:23 pm
Kediri police chief caught in Saber Pungli raid The National Police has launched a campaign to crack down on members who engage in the practice of charging illegal fees to the public. (Antara/Basri Marzuki)

Kediri Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Erick Hermawan was caught in a raid by the National Police's illegal levy eradication central task force (Saber Pungli), East Java spokesperson Sr. Comr. Frans Barung Mangera confirmed on Monday. 

Erick was allegedly involved in a practice of charging illegal driver license fees ranging from Rp 500,000 (US$34.26) to Rp 650,000 per person. 

"It's true, the National Police headquarters Saber Pungli team conducted [the raid]," Frans said in Surabaya on Monday, as quoted by kompas.com.

He said the raid was triggered by the arrests of five illegal driver's license brokers and a civil servant, identified by the initials AN, on Saturday. 

They in turn were arrested based on reports from residents about alleged illegal levies at the driver's license unit at the Kediri precinct. 

The brokers allegedly deposited the fees they received to AN, who would report the deposits to an officer in the driver's license unit. 

The money would then be distributed to various high-ranking officers in the precinct including Erick and the chief of the traffic division.

Erick is suspected to have received up to Rp 50 million per week, while the traffic division chief received Rp 10 million to 15 million.

Police also seized evidence in the form of driver's license application documents, illegal fee summaries and money amounting to Rp 77.17 million in the raid. (kmt)