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The South Jakarta District Court will begin hearing on Thursday a lawsuit filed by police against the antigraft body for seizing evidence from the traffic police department in an ongoing corruption probe.
“The hearings are scheduled to begin on November 1,” M. Samiadji, a spokesman for the court, said on Monday.
He added the suit was filed by Insp. Gen. Pudji Hartanto, the head of the National Police’s traffic division, against the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
The police accuse the antigraft body of seizing documents that were not related to an investigation into alleged corruption in the procurement of driving simulators.
KPK investigators searched the traffic police headquarters in Jakarta in late July and seized documents and evidence that it claimed was related to the Rp 200 billion ($21 million) project.
The police said they had asked the KPK to return all unrelated documents but failed to get a formal response.
The KPK has named four people as suspects in the case.
They include Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo, the former traffic police chief, and Brig. Gen. Didik Purnomo, the deputy chief who was recently dismissed from his position.
Others are Budi Susanto, director of Citra Mandiri Metalindo Abadi, and Sukotjo Bambang, director of Inovasi Teknologi Indonesia, whose companies were the winning contractors in the project.
Juniver Girsang, a lawyer representing the police in the lawsuit, said his clients decided to sue the KPK because they had seized public documents that had no connection to the driving simulator case.
“The documents taken by the KPK were for public services,” he said.
“They included [documents] on license plate and vehicle registration certificates from all over Indonesia. Those records are kept at the traffic police headquarters.”
Juniver denied that the lawsuit was an attempt to scupper the KPK’s investigation into the police division.
KPK deputy chairman Busyro Muqoddas said his office would respect the legal process and cooperate during the lawsuit.
The police are seeking Rp 425 billion in compensation from the KPK and Rp 6 billion in damages for supposedly violating operational procedures when they raided the traffic police headquarters.
“We’re ready to defend our position in court,” Busyro said.
The KPK launched the probe after receiving information from the public.