The Jakarta Post
Suspended Purbalingga regent Tasdi has admitted to accepting a Rp 100 million (US$7,078.35) kickback from businessman Librata Nababan in relation to the construction of the Purbalingga Islamic Center in Central Java during a court hearing.
“Yes, I received Rp 100 million of the promised Rp 500 million,” Tasdi said, answering a question posed by a Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutor at the Semarang Corruption Court on Monday.
Tasdi was allegedly caught red-handed by the KPK on June 4 last year. He was reportedly to receive a commitment fee of Rp 500 million from PT Sumber Bayak Kreasi (SBK), which was awarded the contract to build the Islamic center.
The project is a multi-year development project worth Rp 77 billion.
Speaking to reporters after his hearing, Tasdi reportedly said he had asked for the money from the contractor to cover Rp 470 million misappropriated from the village and community empowerment agency.
“That [misappropriated funds] was the finding of the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK),” said Tasdi, adding that he aimed to use the money to return the funds to the state.
Tasdi also admitted to accepting Rp 100 million in May from Ganjar Pranowo, who at that time was seeking reelection as Central Java governor.
“The money was supposedly for his campaign. The money has been seized by the KPK,” he said.
The KPK also arrested Hadi Iswanto, the head of the regency administration’s procurement service unit. (swa)