Latest Corruption Case Adds to Growing Suspicions Over Police Wealth

By webadmin on 02:24 pm Aug 06, 2012
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Rizky Amelia

The Corruption Eradication Commission’s decision to name Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo, the former head of the National Police’s traffic division, a suspect was unprecedented in the antigraft body’s eight-year history — but it was hardly a surprise.

If proven, the case will demonstrate deep corruption in the police force, perceived as one of the most graft-prone institutions in the country, according to a recent survey by Transparency International.

Boyamin Saiman, chairman of the Indonesian Anti-Corruption Society (MAKI), said the lavish lifestyles of senior police officers was evidence of rampant corruption inside the force.

According to Djoko’s 2010 asset declaration to the antigraft commission, known as the KPK, the two-star police general had Rp 5.6 billion ($594,000) in assets, including a property in a posh part of South Jakarta, Rp 500 million worth of jewelry and Rp 237 million in cash. KPK deputy chairman Bambang Widjojanto said Djoko’s bank accounts had been frozen by the KPK.

But Boyamin believed that Djoko had underdeclared his wealth.

“We are reporting [to the KPK] the presence of a house and property reportedly belonging to [Djoko],” he told reporters before submitting MAKI’s discovery to the KPK on Thursday.

Boyamin said Djoko reportedly owns a 5,000-square-meter property in Solo, Central Java. The property is the site of a palace, he said.

“The appraisal for the land alone was Rp 25 billion, the building is worth Rp 10 billion and the furniture and antiques are worth Rp 5 billion,” he said.

MAKI, he said, had obtained a tip from a Solo-based notary that confirmed the property belonged to Djoko.

“The notary was involved in the purchase process [on Djoko’s behalf] and transferred the land deed [to Djoko’s name] at a BPN [National Land Agency] office in Solo,” he said.

It is not known whether Djoko, who joined the police in 1984, owns a business. Djoko, who was previously the Bekasi and later North Jakarta police chief, became chief of the traffic division in September 2010, before being made head of the Police Academy in May last year.

It was during his time in charge of the traffic division that Djoko allegedly received Rp 2 billion in bribes in exchange for awarding tenders for driving simulators to two companies.

The nationwide project is said to have cost Rp 197 billion.