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KPK arrests Mesuji regent for allegedly receiving bribes

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 25, 2019   /   06:19 pm
KPK arrests Mesuji regent for allegedly receiving bribes The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building in Jakarta. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained Mesuji Regent Khamami after he was named a suspect in a bribery case related to infrastructure projects in the regency.  

He was accused of receiving Rp 1.58 billion (US$112,236) in bribes from the companies that had worked on the projects. 

"Khamami is being detained at the Military Police's Guntur detention house for 20 days," KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah told reporters.

The Mesuji regent has been in detention since early Friday after being grilled by KPK investigators for 24 hours. Four other suspects had been arrested but they were placed in different detention centers.

Khamami's brother, Taufik Hidayat, who is among the suspects, was detained at the Jakarta Police's detention center, while Public Works and Housing Agency secretary Wawan Suhendra is being held at the East Jakarta Police station.

Sibron Azis, the owner of PT Jasa Promix Nusantara and PT Secillia Putri, which were involved in the projects, was detained in KPK's detention building, while another suspect named Kardinal is being detained at the Central Jakarta Police station.

Khamami had allegedly received bribes worth Rp 1.58 billion, 12 percent of the total value of the four infrastructure project contracts that Sibron had obtained through Wawan.

Khamami allegedly received the bribes in several installments: Rp 200 million on May 28, Rp 100 million on Aug. 6 and Rp 1.28 billion on Jan. 23. (spl)