Saturday, 23 June, 2012 | 16:29 WIB
Antigraft Commission Grills Witness in Al-Quran Book Procurement Scandal
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:The Corruption Eradication Commission deputy Bambang Widjojanto claimed that the commission had interrogated several witnesses linked to the procurement of the Al Quran books. “Of course, but who they are, that is a matter for the investigators,” he said in Jakarta on Thursday, June 21, 2012.
Bambang is not yet willing to reveal details. He just confirms that the project is in the Ministry for Religious Affairs. “We can’t mention details, yet,” he said. “The Al Quran is a miracle so extra care must be taken with any corruption indications linked to the Al-Quran project.” KPK spokesperson Johan Budi claimed he could not mention numbers for the project that used 2010 annual budget. For information on the budget and project details he referred parties who can be questioned, such as the Supreme Audit Board. KPK chief Abraham Samad confirmed the investigation by KPK on suspicions of corruption at the Directorate General for Islam Religion Education. Furthermore, “Before long, it will go up to the investigation level,” he said. However, Abraham forgot details of reported state losses, details of the supply, and who blew the whistle.
Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs Nazaruddin Umar claimed he was not aware of the issue. He said he would trace the information and promised to clarify. “Truly, I just found out about this from you. Let me check first. I’m at a meeting right now,” said Nazaruddin.