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Jakarta Post

Bekasi regent hands over alleged bribe money in Meikarta case

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 7, 2018   /   06:06 pm
Bekasi regent hands over alleged bribe money in Meikarta case Work in progress: An aerial photo taken on Tuesday shows the construction of apartments at Meikarta in Cikarang, Bekasi regency, West Java. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named Bekasi Regent Neneng Hasanah Yasin and Lippo Group operational director Billy Sindoro suspects of bribery in connection with the issuance of building permits. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak A. )

Bekasi Regent Neneng Hasanah Yasin has handed over money she allegedly received from the Lippo Group director in relation with the botched Meikarta mega development project in the regency, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has said.

The antigraft body suspected Neneng of accepting Rp 7 billion (US$480,373) from Lippo Group operational director Billy Sindoro in order to influence the issuance of permits necessary for the project. Billy allegedly promised Rp 13 billion as a “commitment fee” to the regent.

“[The regent] has handed in around Rp 3 billion to the KPK, part of the money the suspect allegedly received in the bribery case,” KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said in a statement on Wednesday. He added the regent would return more money in installments later.

Apart from the regent, an official of the Bekasi Public Works Agency, Neneng Rahmi, also a suspect in the case, also handed over money amounting to S$90,000, which she obtained minutes before graft busters launched an operation on Oct. 15 related to the case.

The KPK has arrested and named nine suspects in the bribery case, including Yasin, Rahmi and Billy, for their alleged roles in bribery relating to the issuance of property permits for the Meikarta project.

The graft busters have questioned more than 40 witnesses in the case, including Lippo CEO James Riady, who denied playing any role in the case.

The Meikarta modern city project in Cikarang, Bekasi, West Java, is the flagship project of Lippo Group.