Monday, 23 July, 2012 | 17:33 WIB
Jailed Central Java Council Speaker Declared a Suspect Once Again
TEMPO Interactive, Semarang:For the second time, Central Java Deputy Council Speaker, Reza Kurniawan, has been named a suspect. This time, the National Mandate Party politician is allegedly involved in corruption related to grants from KONI of Central Java. "RK was named a suspect last week," said Chief of the Provincial Attorney Generalís Office (Kejati) of Central Java, Bambang Waluyo, after the commemoration ceremony of the 52nd Bhakti Adhyaksa Day in his office, Sunday, July 22, 2012.
The grants were allocated for the procurement of sports equipment in sport branches, namely the Indonesian Rock Climbing Federation (FPTI), the Indonesian Roller Skating Association (Porserosi) Central Java, the Indonesian Rafting Federation (FAJI) of Central Java. Reza served as key official in the three branches.
Bambang said the determination was based on the investigation results by a team of the Special Crimes of Kejati who had found strong enough supporting evidence. The investigators have examined Reza several times.
Reza is currently detained in Mungkid prison, Magelang, related to the alleged corruption case in the religious social assistance (Bansos) in Central Java Province. The PAN politician was named as a suspect in the case since 2009. Reza is not yet available for questioning on his status as suspect the second time.
In the KONI grant case, investigators have examined the sporting goods providers and sellers. The grants in 2011 were diverted during implementation, not distribution. The procurement was allegedly not in accordance with the budgeted needs. As a result, the sports equipment was inadequate. The estimated allocation per each branch ranged between Rp600 million and Rp800 million.
Prior to being detained, Reza answered a summons by Kejati. He professed to be baffled why the KONI grant to the climbing organization was questioned. Of the Rp76 billion, rock climbing was allocated Rp250 million only. Even earlier, Reza was also tied to shabu (crystal meth drugs) case causing him to be detained for several months in the Central Java Police.