The antigraft agency on Friday questioned a police general who is considered a key witness and suspect in the scandal surrounding the procurement of police driving simulators.
Brig. Gen. Didik Purnomo, deputy head of the National Police Traffic Corps (Korlantas), was interrogated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to explain the role of his former boss, Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo, a suspect in the simulator scandal, in the procurement process.
Didik, who was questioned for six hours in Friday’s session, has already been declared a suspect in the scandal that caused Rp 100 billion ($10.4 million) in state losses.
He said after the interrogation that he was questioned as a witness to Djoko’s actions and that he had explained everything he knew.
“It’s not that many questions but I can’t tell you the questions because I’ve already forgot them. Ask the KPK,” he said when reporters inquired about what the KPK had asked.
The KPK investigated the case after receiving reports that police officers accepted bribes during the tender process.
Djoko allegedly received a Rp 2 billion kickback to award a Rp 198 billion contract for driving simulators to an unqualified company acting as an intermediary while he served as head of Korlantas last year. The KPK also accused Didik of accepting a bribe, but did not specify the amount.
The relationship between the National Police and the KPK has been tense since the start of the investigation — the National Police has insisted that it started examining the case before the KPK did. Both institutions named their own suspects in the investigations.
In a move perceived as revenge, police withdrew 20 of its investigators who were on loan to the KPK.
However, after weeks of public pressure, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last month ordered police to hand over the case to the KPK.
On Thursday, the KPK also interrogated another suspect, Comr. Legimo, treasurer of Korlantas, on how the money was disbursed to buy the equipment.
“[They questioned me] about what I do, such as the payment system. That’s all,” he said.
During the eight hour questioning session, Legimo said the money was disbursed in accordance with existing regulations and denied that he had any involvement with the controversy.
“I am just a treasurer, and I have nothing to do with the tender process,” he said.