Jakarta. The Corruption Eradication Commission has named an Aceh district a suspect for his alleged involvement in a 2011 graft case surrounding a ship loading dock development project in Sabang.
Officials from the anti-graft agency, better known as the KPK, charged Benermeriah district chief Ruslan Abdul Gani as part of an investigation that had also implicated graft convicts Heru Sulaksono and Ramadhan Ismy.
“Investigators discovered two leading pieces of evidence that points to Ruslan’s involvement [in the case],” KPK acting deputy chairman Johan Budi said on Tuesday, as quoted by news portal CNNIndonesia.
Ruslan, who in 2011 headed the Work Committee of the Free Trade Seaport Area Development (BPKS) in Sabang, allegedly inflated the budget of a loading dock construction project, subsequently incurring Rp 116 billion ($1.18 million) in state losses.
He and Ramadhan stand accused of hiring state-owned contractor Nindya Karya ̶ owned by Heru ̶ without going through the proper auctioning process, Johan said.
The project was never completed but Heru still received a full payment.
Heru has been sentenced to nine years jail and ordered to Rp 12.6 billion in fines.
Meanwhile, Ramadhan, who at that time served as Ruslan’s deputy for the BPKS, received a six-year prison sentence for corruption activities that lead to Rp 313 billion in state losses.
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