Sunday, September 13, 2009

KPK, police told to find quality evidence

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) officials and police officers should focus on finding substantiated evidence rather than getting involved in a public opinion war, a presidential advisor said

The comment was made in response to the recent “psy-war” between officials from both institutions over investigations into the Masaro bribery allegation and the Bank Century fraud case, which were handled by the National Police and the KPK.

The Masaro case allegedly caused state losses of Rp 13 billion (US$1.31 million), while KPK leaders are accused of receiving bribes to stop investigating the case.

At least two officials, identified only as C from KPK and SD from the National Police, were allegedly involved in these cases.

“President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expects officials from both institutions to pursue their investigations by finding quality evidence," presidential legal advisor Denny Indrayana told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

"In the end, the evidence will speak for itself.”

He then added that the President had also stressed that no matter happened between the two institutions, they should not abandon corruption investigations.

“The recent situation should not interrupt their working rhythm."

Four KPK deputy leaders were grilled over allegations of abusing their authority while handling the Masaro case.

Haryono Umar, Bibit Samad Rianto, Chandra M. Hamzah and Muhammad Jasin were questioned about the KPK's regular procedures in interrogation.

“Well, we were questioned regarding some formal procedures that should be carried out by the KPK,” Chandra said after the questioning late Friday.

The KPK officials were interrogated for more than 10 hours at the National Police headquarters.

It was the second time they were summoned by the police. The KPK officials refused to fulfil the first summons, claiming the summons letter as unclear.

Bibit said they would be summoned for the third time next week.

Commenting on the questioning, National Police chief spokesman Insp. Gen. Nanan Soekarna said the KPK leaders had been summoned as witnesses in the Masaro case.

Nanan added that the officials were also questioned about their tardy action in preventing Djoko Chandra from leaving the country.

Djoko, former director of PT Era Giat Prima, is now on the run after the police discovered he was involved in the Bank Bali scandal in the late 1990s.

“Right now their are considered witnesses, but we will never know what may happen in the future of the investigation,” Nanan said.

Even though Nanan had said the KPK leaders were questioned as witnesses, Junior Attorney General for Special Crimes Marwan Effendy said there would be likely one more suspect in the Masaro corruption case.

“The suspect could only be identified as C. This was written on the letter to start the investigation [SPDP],” he said.


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