BINTANGNEWS.com – The
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named three Jambi provincial
administration officials and a regional legislator as suspects of
bribery related to the formulation of the 2018 provincial budget.
The officials, who allegedly paid the
bribe, were acting provincial secretary Erwan Malik, Jambi Public Works and
Public Housing Agency acting head Arfan and the Jambi administration's
assistant III Saipudin. Meanwhile, the arrested legislator was Supriyono of the
National Mandate Party (PAN).
“The [alleged] bribe confiscated by
investigators totaled Rp 4.7 billion [US$348,270],” KPK commissioner Basaria
Panjaitan said during a press briefing on Wednesday.
She added that the alleged bribe was
intended as a kickback to persuade legislators to attend a regional council
budget approval assembly, as the latter had planned not to attend because of a
lack of “guarantees” from their executive counterparts.
Investigators arrested Saipudin and
Supriyono during an operation on Tuesday, after an alleged transaction had
occurred in the provincial capital of Jambi. The money allegedly came from
several companies related to the Jambi administration.
“We suspect that the money would have
been disbursed to all factions. We are going to dig deeper into the matter as
well as the private companies that [allegedly] supplied the money,” Basaria
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