2 Ministry of Forestry Officials Examined on Suspicion of Bribery of Riau Governor

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Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigated 2 former Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan's men in connection with alleged bribery filing for Riau Province Function Transfer Function in 2014. Both were examined as witnesses to Riau Governor Annas Maamun's suspect.

They are the Director of Utilization of Environmental Services of Conservation Area and Protection Forest at the Ministry of Forestry, Bambang Supriyanto, and Director of Forest Area Planning at the Directorate General of Forestry Planning in Kemenhut, Masyhud.

"Both are witnesses for AM suspects (Annas Maamun)," said Head of Reporting and Publication of KPK Priharsa Nugraha when confirmed on Thursday (16/10/2014).

At the same time, the investigator also examined Cecep Iskandar a civil servant at the Riau Provincial Forestry Service. Cecep is also examined as a witness for Annas.

KPK assigned 2 suspects in alleged bribery case related to Submission of Revision of Forest Function Transfer in Kuantan Singingi Regency, Riau Province for budget year 2014 to Ministry of Forestry. They are Riau Governor Annas Maamun and a palm oil businessman and Chairman of Indonesian Oil Palm Farmers Association in Riau Province named Wrestling Medal.

Annas allegedly received a bribe of Rp 2 billion from Wrestling. Wrestling itself is known as a palm oil businessman and registered as a lecturer at one of the universities in Riau.

Annas who is a Golkar Party politician is suspected by Article 12 letter a or 12 point b or Article 11 of Law Number 31 Year 1999 as amended by Law Number 20 Year 2001 concerning the Eradication of Corruption (Corruption Act).

While Wrestling is subject to Article 5 paragraph 1 letter a or b or Article 13 of the Corruption Act. Determination of this suspect is the result of hand-catch operation conducted by KPK Satgas on Thursday, September 25, 2014.

The arrest of Riau Governor Annas Maamun was conducted in Cibubur, East Jakarta. At the time of arrest, in addition to the Rp 2 billion in rupiah and Singapore dollars, the KPK also seized other money in US $ 300,000. (Ans)

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