Former National Police traffic chief Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo has no intentions of answering the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) summons for questioning in the latest development of a growing rift between the KPK and the National Police, his attorney said.
Lawyer Fredrich Yunadi told Tempo.co that his client has already been questioned by the National Police as a witness to corruption allegations surrounding a Rp 197 billion ($21 million) contract for the purchase of driving simulators that was awarded to Citra Mandiri Metalindo Abadi, a metal manufacturing company, in 2011.
The former traffic chief cannot be questioned by two authorities over the same allegations, Fredrich said. And without being questioned first, Djoko cannot be detained by the KPK, Fredrich said.
“Ask the KPK to learn the law first,” Fredrich told Tempo.co, telling the commission to check the results of the National Police’s own investigation into Djoko.
The National Police and KPK each have their own lists of suspects. The National Police named four police officials as suspects in the case, but failed to name Djoko as anything more than a witness.
The KPK named Djoko as a suspect over allegations that he received a Rp 2 billion kickback to ensure the contract went to Citra Mandiri Metalindo Abadi, a company that then had to pass the work off to a subcontractor. The graft-tainted purchase reportedly resulted in at least Rp 100 billion in state losses.
KPK investigators plan to question Djoko on an unspecified date after the Idul Fitri holiday.
“After Idul Fitri [he] will be questioned,” KPK spokesman Johan Budi said on Tuesday. “But I don’t know the exact date.”
Indonesian Police Watch argued that the KPK had the right to detain all suspects, regardless of their rank, as well as anyone who tries to interfere with the antigraft body’s investigation.
“If [KPK] has witnesses and strong evidence, it should go forward,” Neta S. Pane told Tempo.co on Monday. “Even the four high-rank police officials that are being detained by National Police should also agree to be investigated by KPK. If they refuse to be questioned, they could be charged in accordance with the criminal code.”