Former Indonesia top cop detained for graft

December 05, 2012 - 6:59:48 am

JAKARTA: Indonesia has detained a former traffic police chief in a multi-million dollar graft case, the nation’s corruption watchdog said yesterday, in the latest scandal to hit the notoriously corrupt police force.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it detained Djoko Susilo, the former chief of the traffic division,  “for allegedly abusing his authority” in a case involving a $21m tender for driving simulators.

“We will question him over the next 20 days and if we find sufficient evidence of wrongdoing, we will take his case to court,” KPK spokesman Johan Budi said.

The KPK has accused Susilo of accepting more than $200,000 in kickbacks to favour one bidder.

The winner, metals company Citra Mandiri Metalindo Abadi, is known for producing bottle tops, and had no experience or capacity in simulators.

Rampant corruption has crippled the public service in Indonesia, where paying bribes is routine and half the population of 240m live below the poverty line.

The country scored 3.0 in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2011, where 10 means “very clean” and zero “highly corrupt”.

The KPK has been given extraordinary powers to wiretap suspects, probe bank accounts and investigate the all-powerful police.