Friday, 20 November 2009

Kaban skips KPK summons

Personal note: Although no longer Forestry Minister, Kaban presided over logging of forests on a massive scale.


Kaban skips KPK summons

Sat, 11/21/2009 5:40 AM | National

Former forestry minister Malam Sambat Kaban did not meet the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) summons for questioning Friday.

The questioning is in connection with the alleged bribery to help Miranda S. Goeltom win the senior Bank Indonesia deputy governor post in 2004.

KPK spokesman Johan Budi said the questioning date clashed with Kaban’s meeting with his Crescent Star Party (PBB). Kaban will be ready for questioning Monday, Johan added.

KPK investigators had grilled Kaban several times in relation to the case. He was a member of the House of Representatives’ Commission IX on finance who held a vote to select the senior BI deputy governor five years ago.

The case revolved around the confession of former House Commission III member Agus Tjondro last year that he had received Rp 500 million (US$53,000) in traveler’s checks to vote for Miranda.

KPK has named four suspects in the case. Three are former House Commission III members Dudhie Makmun Murod, Endin Soefihara and Hamka Yandhu. The fourth is currently serving a jail term for his role in the misappropriation of BI funds.