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Jakarta Post

Golkar dismisses lawmaker after arrest in bribery case

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 29, 2019   /   04:44 pm
Golkar dismisses lawmaker after arrest in bribery case The Corruption Eradication Commission building on Jl. HR Rasuna Said in South Jakarta. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

The Golkar Party announced on Friday the dismissal of member Bowo Sidik Pangerso, who has been named a graft suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in a case pertaining to shipping projects at the country’s largest fertilizer company, PT Pupuk Indonesia Holding Company (PIHC).

"We have dismissed him," the party’s secretary-general, Lodewijk Freidrich Paulus, said in a statement on Bowo, who is a member of House Commission VII overseeing energy and mineral resources.

Bowo allegedly accepted Rp 8 billion from Asty Winasty, marketing manager of private transportation company PT Humpuss Transportasi Kimia, which provides sea transportation for PT Pupuk Indonesia Logistik, a subsidiary of PIHC.

Pupuk Indonesia Logistik, according to the KPK, had terminated its service agreement with Humpuss Transportasi Kimia. However, the transportation company wanted Pupuk Indonesia Logistik to use its service again.

Asty allegedly gave the bribe to Bowo through Indung, a staff member of engineering company PT INERSIA and was suspected of having acted under Bowo’s instructions.

The KPK added that the bribe was used to help finance Bowo’s political campaign in the 2019 legislative election.

The money was reportedly going to be used to buy votes a few hours before the polls opened on election day. 

KPK investigators arrested Bowo and seven others during a sting in Jakarta that took place from Wednesday to the early hours of Thursday. 

Apart from suspects Bowo, Asty and Indung, the antigraft body has arrested five others: Selo, legal head of Humpuss Transportasi Kimia; Manto, finance staff member of PT INERSIA; Siesa Darubinta and two drivers. The five have not been named suspects.