Police to Name More Suspects in UPS Graft Case
Jakarta. The National Police are widening their investigation into the irregular procurement of uninterruptible power supply devices for Jakarta schools last year.
Two city bureaucrats have named suspects in the case, which is estimated to have cost the Jakarta government millions of dollars, but on Monday the police said at least one more would be named.
“I can only say there will be more than one suspect, but everything depends on witness testimonies and the evidence,” Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso, the National Police’s chief of detectives, told news portal Tempo.co on Monday.
Alex Usman and Zainal Soleman, former employees of the West and Central Jakarta Education Agencies respectively, have been named suspects in the graft case.
Two councillors — Abraham “Lulung” Lunggana and Fahmi Zulfikar — have been questioned as part of the case and police confirmed on Monday Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama would be next. City councillors who served between 2009 to 2014 would also be questioned.
Last year, the Jakarta government spent Rp 330 billion ($23 million) on UPS devices for 55 schools in the capital. However, Basuki said his government had never proposed the program and the devices were not needed.
The devices were valued at Rp 6 billion ($460,000) each — massively inflated above the normal retail price of about Rp 20 million each.
The companies listed as tender winners for the procurement were also deemed suspicious. Listed addresses were found to be empty warehouses and small shops.
Source: The Jakarta Globe