Four police officers ignored summonses from the Corruption Eradication Commission to answer questions about the $21 million driving simulator case because the antigraft body got their ranks wrong.
KPK spokesman Johan Budi said on Thursday that the commission, known as the KPK, sent the summonses to the officers on Aug. 15, but got the ranks wrong because the officers had been promoted.
He said KPK investigators summoned the four officers because of their positions during the time when the alleged crime took place.
The officers are Adj. Sr. Comr. Wisnu Budaya, Adj. Sr. Comr. Wandi Rustiwan, Comr. Endah Purwaningsih and Comr. Ni Nyoman Suwartini. All four were members of the tender committee for the driving simulator procurement project.
KPK investigators have sent the officers new summonses to appear for questioning next week. “We have summoned them again, this time using their correct ranks,” Johan said.
The KPK recently named former traffic division chief Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo a suspect in the Rp 197 billion procurement of the driving simulators.
That decision only escalated tensions between the antigraft body and the police in a case that has again highlighted the difficult relationship between the two agencies.
A standoff ensued when the KPK attempted to collect evidence from the National Police’s traffic police office in East Jakarta during the early days of its investigation. Further crisis was averted after the KPK agreed to allow the National Police to join its investigation. The compromise was criticized by experts and antigraft activists who said the joint investigation was merely an opportunity to provide cover for Djoko and silence witnesses.
While the KPK pursues its own suspects, the National Police has named four police officials as suspects in its investigation, but said Djoko was only a witness.
Suspects and witnesses have had no trouble answering summonses from the National Police. Last week, Djoko was questioned by the police about the role of his former deputy, Brig. Gen. Didik Purnomo, in the case. Didik has been named a suspect by the police and the KPK.
In addition to Djoko and Didik, the KPK has named Adj. Sr. Comr. Teddy Rustaman and Comr. Legimo as suspects.
The KPK has obtained travel bans on all four officers.
The antigraft body summoned on Thursday the chief of the Kebumen district police in Central Java, Heru Trisasono, for questioning in the case.
Another KPK spokesman, Priharsa Nugraha, said Heru would be asked about Djoko, but did not elaborate.
Beritasatu.com has learned that the Kebumen district police’s traffic division has used one of the driving simulators.