Saturday, 1 November 2008

Bribes went to Forestry Ministry officials: trial witness

Friday, October 31, 2008

Bribes went to Forestry Ministry officials: trial witness

The Jakarta Post Fri, 10/31/2008

A Forestry Ministry official, Wandojo Siswanto, has revealed that he received Rp 50 million (US$4,600) in cash from lawmaker Al-Amien Nasution as a payoff for favoritism in awarding tenders.Wandojo was responsible for tendering a global positioning system (GPS) procurement project for the ministry in 2007.

During Friday's trial, Wandojo testified Al-Amien had promised he would give some money to ministry officials, including Wandojo."Several days later I received Rp 50 million from Ali Arsyad, the ministry's general secretary at the planology agency," he said, adding the money had since been handed in to the CorruptionEradition Commission.

The day's trial audience also heard two taped conversations between Wandojo and Al-Amien recorded in late 2007. Their dialogue showed that Al-Amien planned to give a total of Rp 850million from the firms competing in the tender to Ali: Rp 300 million was from PT Data Script and Rp 550 million from Almega Geosystem."I will take care of submitting the money to M.S. Ka'ban," Wandojo said in the taped conversation. Ka'ban is the Forestry Minister.