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Suspended Aceh governor indicted in three graft cases

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 26, 2018   /   06:32 pm
Suspended Aceh governor indicted in three graft cases Suspended Aceh governor Irwandi Yusuf (center) waits for his indictment hearing to start at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Monday. (JP/Kharishar Kahfi)

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors indicted suspended Aceh governor Irwandi Yusuf on Monday in three separate corruption cases.

In the indictment presented at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Monday, KPK prosecutors accused Irwandi of accepting bribes from Bener Meriah Regent Ahmadi totaling Rp 1.05 billion (US$72,480) in exchange for a number of infrastructure projects in the regency.

“The defendant, through his aides Hendri Yuzal and Teuku Saiful Bahri, allegedly directed Aceh’s procurement unit to give a number of projects in Bener Meriah funded by the 2018 provincial special autonomy funds to certain companies in the regency,” KPK prosecutor Ali Fikri read out the indictment.

In 2018, Aceh received Rp 8 trillion in special autonomy funds to be used for the region’s development, around Rp 108 million of which was allocated for Bener Meriah.

Apart from the bribery case, prosecutors also accused the former Free Aceh Movement (GAM) leader of allegedly accepting unlawful gifts in two separate cases. One of the cases alleges the governor accepted between Rp 8.7 billion between May 2017 and July 2018.

Another case pertains to unlawful gifts in connection to botched pier construction in Sabang’s free-trade area. Irwandi, along with businessman and right-hand man Izil Azhar, is suspected of accepting illegal gratuities totaling Rp 32 billion in relation to the project between 2006 and 2011, while serving his first term as Aceh governor.

The governor allegedly failed to report the unlawful gifts to the KPK.

Irwandi and his legal team did not raise any objections to the indictment. (swd)