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West Nusa Tenggara immigration officials nabbed for allegedly taking bribes from foreign tourists

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram   /   Tue, May 28, 2019   /   01:44 pm
West Nusa Tenggara immigration officials nabbed for allegedly taking bribes from foreign tourists  Hard evidence: Deputy chairwoman of the Corruption Eradication Commission Basaria Panjaitan and the commission’s investigators display thousands of envelopes with money inside, confiscated from Golkar Party lawmaker Bowo Sidik Pangarso during an arrest related to an alleged corruption case pertaining to shipping projects at the country’s largest fertilizer company PT Pupuk Indonesia Holding Company. Bowo was allegedly going to use the money to buy votes hours before the polls opened on April 17. (Antara/Reno Esnir)

The Corruption E radication Commission (KPK) has apprehended the head of the Mataram Immigration Office in West Nusa Tenggara for alleged involvement in the illegal extension of tourist visas.

A team of investigators from the KPK arrested the official, identified only as K, at a coffee shop in Mataram in the early hours of Tuesday.

The KPK also took into custody four other officers who were allegedly complicit in the illegal visa extensions.

The KPK suspected that K had received bribes to extend the visa of foreign tourists who had reportedly been staying at a luxury hotel in West Lombok.

KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah confirmed the arrests, saying investigators were looking into the case.

“Yes, we did assign a team to Mataram on Monday evening,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mataram Immigration Office representative Junianto confirmed the arrest of his superior. However, he was unable to provide further information regarding the alleged crime. (rfa)