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Jakarta Post

Indonesian House deputy speaker accepted Rp 4.8 billion in bribes: Prosecutor

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang   /   Thu, March 21, 2019   /   10:57 am
Indonesian House deputy speaker accepted Rp 4.8 billion in bribes: Prosecutor The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained House of Representatives deputy speaker and senior National Mandate Party (PAN) politician Taufik Kurniawan for alleged bribery in relation to the allocation of special allocation funds in the 2016 fiscal year. (Antara/Dhemas Reviyanto)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has accused House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Taufik Kurniawan of accepting Rp 4.8 billion in bribes from two Central Java regency administrations in 2016 and 2017.

The accusations were made during a case hearing at the Semarang Corruption Court, Central Java, on Wednesday. 

Prosecutor Eva Yustisiana said Taufik accepted Rp 3.6 billion in 2016 from Kebumen to help the regency obtain a Rp 93.3 billion special allocation fund.

It was also claimed that he accepted Rp 1.2 billion in the following year from Purbalingga for the disbursement of the regency’s Rp 40 billion special allocation fund .

“Defendant Taufik as a deputy speaker of the House of Representatives offered a special allocation fund to Purbalingga in 2017,” said Eva.

Taufik and the National Mandate Party’s (PAN) Central Java chapter chairman, Wahyu Kristianto, met with Purbalingga Regent Tasdi on March 18, 2017, she said.

The defendant reportedly promised at that time to help the regency obtain a special allocation fund with a 5 percent fee in return. 

Eva said Taufik then asked the House of Representatives’ budget committee and House Commission XI overseeing banking and finance to add Rp 40 billion for Purbalingga’s special allocation fund in the revised 2017 budget.

The Rp 1.2 billion of fee was reportedly handed over to Taufik at Wahyu’s house in Wanareja, while another Rp 600 million allegedly went to PAN member Haris Fikri and the rest to Wahyu. 

For Kebumen, the proposed special allocation fund was Rp 100 billion but only Rp 93.3 billion was disbursed. The bribe was set at Rp 3.6 billion.

The trial was adjourned until next week, when witnesses will be questioned. (swa)