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KPK nabs Perum Perindo directors, businesspeople over alleged bribery

  • Dyaning Pangestika
    Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 24, 2019   /   02:41 pm
KPK nabs Perum Perindo directors, businesspeople over alleged bribery Laode Muhammad Syarif (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested nine individuals including members of the state-owned Indonesia Fisheries Company (Perum Perindo) and businesspeople during two operations in Jakarta and Bogor, West Java, for alleged bribery pertaining to fish import deals. 

KPK vice chairman Laode M. Syarif confirmed in a press statement that three members of Perum Perindo's board of directors were among the individuals arrested by KPK investigators. The KPK also confiscated US$30,000 during the operation.

“We suspect that the money will be used as kickbacks for Perindo's [directors] for giving an additional slot in the fish import quota [for the businesspeople],” Laode said on Monday. He also added that the imported fish in question was identified as frozen mackerel. 

The KPK has 24 hours to decide whether to name the individuals suspects. The individuals are currently undergoing questioning at the KPK headquarters in South Jakarta.