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KPK names Iken Nasution suspect

29th April 2010 | 635 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named former commissioner of PT Atmadhira Karya Iken Nasution suspect in a corruption case in a cow import project of the Social Affairs Ministry in 2004.

KPK Deputy Chairperson Chandra Martha Hamzah made the statement in a hearing with Commission III of the House of Representatives in Jakarta Wednesday, in answer to a question of lawmaker on the handling of a number of corruption cases being handled by the KPK.

KPK is currently investigating three alleged corruption cases at the Social Affairs Ministry covering the procurement of sarongs, sewing machines, and imported cows, with former Social Affairs Minister Bachtiar Chamsyah as suspect.

KPK has also named Director of PT Dinar Semesta Cep Ruhyat suspect in the procurement of sarongs in the 2006-2008 period, while director of PT Ladang Sutera Indonesia (PT Lasindo) Musfar Aziz was also named suspect in the procurement of sewing machines in the 2004-2006 period.

With regard to the cow import case, KPK had started investigating the case in the 2007-2009 period, the project worth Rp19 billion had caused a loss of Rp 3.6 billion to the state.

The cow imports case had actually taken place in 2004, when the social affairs ministry was led by Bachtiar Chamsyah.

In 2007, the KPK had intensified bringing into order illegal accounts at the social affairs ministry. The accounts were first thought to fund the procurement of cows, sewing machines, and sarongs at the ministry.

The Supreme Audit Board (BPK) in 2005 also suspected deviations, including in the cow and sewing machine procurement project.

Sources had it that the cows were imported by appointing PT Atmadhira Karya as partner, with Iken Nasution as commissioner.

The partner company had to import 2,800 Steer Brahman Cross cows from Australia.
In the course of the project, the company sold some of the cows, and eventually the company was unable to deliver 900 cows.

But the shortage was kept secret to leave an impression as if the project went as scheduled. (*)