Police Investigates Transportation Ministry´s Ship Procurement Project

Thursday, 30 November 2017 , 10:00:00 WIB -

National Police Vice Director of Narcotics Investigations, John Turman Panjaitan (second left), Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Customs and Excise Director, Erwin Situmorang (second right) and Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Narcotics, and Customs and Excise Team are seen showing evidence, Jakarta, Wednesday (1/11).

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The National Police is investigating potential corruption in the procurement of patrol ships by the Ministry of Transportation in 2013-2014.

Investigators suspect the alleged corruption cost the nation Rp29 billion (US$2,185,950). The project itself is worth Rp36.5 billion.

"Based on temporary calculations by investigators, the financial loss reached Rp29 billion," said Ahmad Wiyagus, Director, Corruption Crime Division, National Police, Tuesday (Nov.28).

In the investigation, the police has cooperated with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) to assess the 18 ships that were procured, which are currently deployed in Tangerang, Jakarta, Banyuwangi, Surabaya, Pekanbaru, Tarakan, Banjarmasin and Labuan Bajo.

"Eighteen ships were checked," he said.

The police also cooperated with the Indonesian Classification Bureau (BKI) as a consultant to calculate the cost to build each ship.

In the case, investigators have named C, an executive at the Ministry of Transportation, as a suspect.(dtc/mfb)