Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian Parliament, Taufik Kurniawan - Photo: Special

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – These days, the Corruption Eradication Commission (CEC) is busy arresting officials in the country. After arrested the chairperson of Indonesian parliament Setya Novanto on the electronic Identity Card (e-KTP) corruption case, today the deputy chairperson Taufik Kurniawan also has been suspected on the bribery case.

Deputy chair of CEC Basaria Pandjaitan at the press conference on Tuesday (30/10) explained, the deputy chairperson has been allegedly involved in a corruption case on the special allocation funds to Kebumen district, Central Java, in the 2016 Revised State Budget.

The member of Amanat Nasional Party, suspects received at least Rp3.65 billion (US$243.33 million) in funds from Muhamad Yahya Fuad (MYF) as the Regent of Kebumen for the 2016-2021 period.

“After the inauguration (as the Regent of Kebumen), MYF allegedly approached a number of parties including members of the parliament and one of them was TK (Kurniawan),” she said.

Fuad allegedly paid for the 5 percent fee and then asked for a 7 percent fee for the partner in Kebumen. Then, the meeting and money handover were carried out in stages in a number of Hotels in Semarang and Yogyakarta which were identified using hotel rooms with connecting doors.

Panjaitan added, in the 2016 State Budget, Kebumen district received an additional special allocation funds of Rp93.37 billion which was planned to be used for the construction of roads and bridges.

For his actions, Kurniawan allegedly violated Article 12 letter a or Article 12 letter b or Article 11 of Law Number 31 Year 1999 concerning Eradication of Corruption Crimes as amended by Act Number 20 of 2001.

Besides him,  the chairperson of the Kebumen Regional parliament Cipto Waluyo was also appointed by the CEC as a suspect in the same case. He allegedly received bribes worth Rp50 million.

“After going through the investigation process since August 2018 there is sufficient preliminary evidence to conduct investigations with two people as suspects in two cases,” said by Panjaitan.

Then, at the Budget Agency meeting on 2016 Regional State Budget discussion, the house members once asked “the 13th salary” for the Regency Government because what was given by the central government was too small.

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