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BPK commissioner named bribery suspect, slapped with travel ban

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 26, 2019   /   11:48 am
BPK commissioner named bribery suspect, slapped with travel ban Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) commissioner Rizal Djalil. (kompas.com/Sandro Gatra)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named Rizal Djalil, a commissioner of the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK), a bribery suspect in a case pertaining to a drinking water treatment system (SPAM) project at the Public Works and Housing Ministry in the 2017-2018 budget year.

The antigraft body has alleged that Rizal accepted bribes from PT Minarta Dutahutama president commissioner Leonardo Jusminarta Prasetyo, who has also been named a suspect in the case, KPK deputy chairman Saut Situmorang said.

“In our investigation, we have detected the alleged flow of  Rp 100,000 SGD to [Rizal] from [Leonardo],” Saut said on Wednesday.

According to the KPK, Rizal was alleged to have summoned SPAM director to his office and said there would be someone to represent him to meet with the director. Rizal’s representative later conveyed their intention to take part in the construction of main SPAM distribution network (JDU) Hongaria worth Rp 79.27 billion (US$5.5 billion).

Rizal reportedly summoned the director after the BPK found Rp 18 billion worth of irregularities during an audit in October 2016. The amount in the findings, however, was later revised to Rp 4.2 billion following the audit, which was signed by Rizal at that time.

The SPAM project was later handled by PT Minarta Dutahuma after Leonardo, who reportedly became acquainted with Rizal in 2015-2016, allegedly promised to give Rizal Rp 1.3 billion in Singapore dollars in return.

Saut said the KPK had requested that the Immigration Directorate General issue six month travel bans for both Rizal and Leonardo from the opening of the investigation on Sept. 20. (afr)