Tuesday, 8 September 2009

KPK to grill two ministers in BI bribery case

The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Tue, 09/08/2009

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is scheduled to question Forestry Minister, MS Kaban, and State Minister for National Development Planning, Paskah Suzetta, in relation to a bribery case involving the election of former Bank Indonesia deputy governor on Tuesday.

“Both will be questioned as witnesses for Hamka Yandhu (who is a suspect in the case),” said KPK spokesman Johan Budi on Tuesday.

At the time of writing, both ministers have yet to arrive at the KPK headquarters.

The case emerged after legislator Agus Tjondro admitted that he had received Rp 500 million (US$50,000) in traveler's checks from Miranda Goeltom after she won the BI deputy governor post in 2004.

The KPK later announced that four legislators that sat in the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2004, Hamka Yandhu of the Golkar Party, Endin J. Soefihara from the United Development Party, Dudhie Makmun Murod from the PDI-P, and a Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) member, Udju Juhaeri, had been named as suspects in the case.

KPK also said it had 10 traveler's checks worth Rp 500 million each and other checks worth Rp 24 billion as evidence.