Riau Governor Admits Zulkifli Hasan Give Forest Recommendation

Riau Governor Admits

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Liputan6.com, Jakarta – Suspicion of alleged bribery filing of Riau Province Function Transfer Function budget 2014, Annas Maamun justify permission from Zulkifli Hasan while serving as Minister of Forestry.

The Riau governor said the permit was granted after he proposed a revision of Decree 673 on Forest Area Change to the Ministry of Forestry.

"There is a permit from the minister, who is Mr. Zulkifli Hasan," said Annas after being questioned as a witness for the suspect Wrestling Medal at KPK Building, Jakarta, Friday (17/10/2014).

Director of Forest Area Planning of the Directorate General of Forestry Pianology at the Ministry of Forestry, Masyhud previously did not deny if Zulkifli was still Minister of Forestry once received a request for revision of SK 673 on Forest Area Change from Annas as Governor of Riau. The submission was made in September 2014.

"Yes indeed," said Masyhud after being examined as a witness Thursday, October 16 yesterday.

However, Masyhud admitted, the request was rejected Zulkifli who now serves as Chairman of the MPR period 2014-2019. Rejection is caused, the review of his side resulted in the absence of strong supporting data.

"The request does not have strong supporting data, it's like zonage and landscape analysis, I think because the results of our study can not proceed further then the request was rejected by the minister," said Masyhud.

Zulkifli's previous name has also been involved in cases of alleged bribery of exchange recommendations for forest areas in Bogor Regency. In the case, the National Mandate Party (PAN) politician has also been questioned as a witness to the defendant Francis Xaverius Yohan Yap on Tuesday 24 June 2014.

KPK sets 2 suspects in alleged bribery case related to Submission of Revised Forest Function Transfer in Kuantan Singingi Regency, Riau Province budget 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 is a palm oil businessman and is noted as a lecturer at one of the universities in Riau.Annas who is a politician of the Golkar Party is suspected by Article 12 letter a or 12 point b or Article 11 of Law No. 31 of 1999 as amended by Act No. 20 of 2001 on Corruption Eradication (Anti 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 operation by KPK on Thursday, September 25, 2014. The arrest was conducted in Cibubur area, East Jakarta. During the arrest, in addition to Rp 2 billion in rupiah and SG $, the KPK also seized other money in a US $ 300,000 denomination.

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