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KPK questions Yasonna Laoly’s son in Medan case

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 11, 2019   /   08:50 pm
KPK questions Yasonna Laoly’s son in Medan case Isa Ansyari, the non-active Medan Public Works and Housing Agency in October. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak)

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators have summoned Yamitema Tirtajaya Laoly, the son of Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Hamonangan Laoly, for questioning as a witness in a kickback case related to the Medan, North Sumatra, administration.

“He is being questioned as a witness in a kickback case in the Medan administration in 2019,” KPK spokesperson Chrystellina GS said on Monday, kompas.com reported.

Yamitema is being questioned in relation to suspect Isa Ansyari, the non-active Medan Public Works and Housing Agency head, as the former is the director of PT Kani Jaya Sentosa, a construction company specializing in road- and school-building projects. Chrystellina did not explain the relationship between the company and the case, but a page on Medan administration's public project bidding website showed Kani Jaya as the winner of a drainage project in Medan. The company is based in Medan on Jl. Setia Budi according to the page.

The KPK also plans to question former Medan mayor Dzulmi Eldin’s wife, Rita Maharani Dzulmi Eldin, as a witness in Isa’s case.

Previously, the KPK named Dzulmi a suspect for receiving a bribe from Isa.

Dzulmi is suspected of having accepted Rp 380 million (US$ 27,014) in bribes from February to September 2019. The case began in February when Dzulmi appointed Isa as Medan Public Works and Housing Agency head.

After the appointment, Isa allegedly routinely gave Rp 20 million in monthly payments to Dzulmi from March 2019 to June 2019. Then on September 18, Isa allegedly gave him Rp 50 million.

Isa is also accused of giving Rp 250 million to Dzulmi to cover the spending during a working visit  to Japan on a sister-city project in July 2019. During the trip, Dzulmi’s wife and two children, as well as several people unrelated to the sister city project, also went to Japan with him. (ami)