Lawmaker Grilled in Forest Graft Case
Source: The Jakarta Post - May 10, 2008 JAKARTA
The graft body summoned lawmaker I Made Urip of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle on Friday in relation to an allegedly illegal forest conversion in Banyuasin, South Sumatra.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned Urip about thedecision-making process for granting permission for a forest conversion. "I was questioned as a witness in the case involving Sarjan Taher," Urip said. Urip has denied involvement in the case. Last week, the KPK arrested Sarjan, another member of the House of Representatives' Commission IV for forestry and agriculture, as a suspecti n the same case, which centers on the conversion of a mangrove forest into a seaport. --JP