Officials Arrested in Antigraft Sting Operations in S. Kalimantan, E. Java

Antigraft investigators arrested six people, allegedly including a district head, in sting operations in the provinces of South Kalimantan and East Java on Thursday (04/01), a spokesman said. (Antara Photo/Rivan Awal Lingga)

By : Alin Almanar and Fana Suparman | on 10:50 PM January 04, 2018
Category : News, Featured, Corruption

Jakarta. Antigraft investigators arrested six people, allegedly including a district head, in sting operations in the provinces of South Kalimantan and East Java on Thursday (04/01), a spokesman said.

The individuals were allegedly involved in bribery surrounding the development of a hospital in a South Kalimantan district.

The case involved more than Rp 1 billion ($74,502) in bribes, and millions of rupiah more were confiscated in the sting operation in the district, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Febri Diansyah said.

However, Febri declined to immediately reveal details about the graft case or details about the six individuals, only confirming that a businessman was arrested in Surabaya, East Java.

"Those arrested in the two separate regions were allegedly implicated in the same case," he told reporters in South Jakarta.

According to Suara Pembaruan, Hulu Sungai Tengah district head Abdul Latif was among the six caught red-handed by KPK investigators.

"There was a transaction of receiving gifts [bribes] or promises. The transaction amounted to more than Rp 1 billion, suspected bribery in connection to the construction of a hospital in the district," Febri explained.

The six individuals, having been interrogated at local police offices, were expected to arrive in Jakarta on Thursday night for further questioning at KPK headquarters, Febri said.

Investigators will soon decide to name the individuals as graft suspects or release them.

In 2017, KPK arrested dozens of local government leaders related to various graft allegations.

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