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Indonesia's anti-graft body to probe 30 incumbent legislators

Publication Date : 02-07-2014

 

Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it would soon launch a preliminary investigation of the 30 re-elected legislators for the reported irregularities in their bank accounts.

The Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK) said there were signs of irregular transactions in the bank accounts of these legislators.

“We are currently studying the PPATK report. If we later find strong evidence of violations in the report then we will launch a preliminary investigation,” KPK spokesman Johan Budi said on Tuesday at the KPK headquarters.

Johan refused to disclose details of the KPK’s examination of the PPATK report. “I have yet to receive an update about it,” he went on.

PPATK deputy chairman Agus Santoso said his office’s investigation of the bank accounts of the 30 legislators could reveal transactions tied to money laundering.

Agus refused to name the 30 legislators, saying he was prohibited by law to do so. He confided that some of the legislators were “prominent”.

Earlier this month, the PPATK also reported to the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) scores of legislative candidates who allegedly received funds from illegal sources to pay for their campaigns in the April 9 legislative election.

Some of the candidates were incumbents who had been re-elected in the legislative election for the 2014-2019 term at the House of Representatives, according to the PPATK.

The PPATK said that it initially received a request from Bawaslu to probe the bank accounts of a number of legislative candidates.

Its investigation later found that the bank accounts of the candidates revealed suspicious transactions.


 

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