Plenty of Room for Graft Suspects at National Police’s Detention Center

By webadmin on 06:17 pm Oct 13, 2012
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Farouk Arnaz

Taking recent heat from antigraft activists, the National Police could no doubt use a chance to burnish their corruption busting credentials, but a peek inside the force’s detention facility hardly inspires confidence.

Based on data collected by the Jakarta Globe, only one person currently behind bars at the National Police’s detention center has been charged in relation to corruption. Budi Susanto, 46, has been detained since Aug. 3 as a suspect in the National Police Traffic Corps driving simulator graft case.

Three other suspects have also been arrested in the case but are being held at the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) detention center in Kelapa Dua, Depok. Police have cited security concerns as the reason for the alternate detention facility for Brig. Didik Purnomo, Adj. Sr. Comr. Teddy Rusmawan and Comr. Legimo.

The lone corruption detainee contrasts with general crime prisoners that total 31 — mostly gambling cases — and 12 detainees charged with special crimes.

Budi will soon be transferred to the KPK’s detention center, zeroing out the National Police’s graft suspect roster.

National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto claimed that would not be the case for long, eluding to high-profile police investigations that would soon come to a head.

“One of them involves North Maluku Governor [Thaib Armayin], who has been named as a suspect,” Agus said on Saturday. “He will be quizzed by police detectives and, if necessary, will be detained. There’s also a mayor in Kalimantan that has been named as a suspect.”

Thaib, who is a former chairman of the Democratic Party’s regional board, is charged in a corruption case surrounding the Rp 6.9 billion ($720,000) regional budget for 2004. Authorities have imposed a travel ban on the governor.

Agus insisted that the National Police’s Anti-Corruption Division, led by Brig. Gen. Noer Ali, was not starved for work. He pointed to data that indicated as of September that there were 885 corruption cases being handled by police offices across the country. From that figure, 329 of the cases have been handed over to the Attorney General and 27 have been terminated for various reasons.

According to Agus, the cases cumulatively totaled potential state losses reaching Rp 1.67 trillion.

“From that amount, Rp 190 billion has been confiscated and returned to the state,” Agus said. “It is performance data of police all over Indonesia on corruption eradication. But to put it specifically in terms of what has been done by the [National Police] Anti-Corruption Division, this data can’t tell.”

Agus said he did not know the finer details of all the investigations handled by the National Police in the “jungle” of Indonesia’s graft cases.