Friday, 10 August, 2012 | 10:21 WIB
A Fight for the Books
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:On the night the Antigraft Commission (KPK) was raiding the offices of the National Police Traffic Corps in the driving simulator corruption scandal, the KPK officials had been combing through documents meticulously. The Planning and Administration Room was their first target. Some goods procurement documents and some computers were confiscated. The raid lasted until nighttime.
KPK chief Abraham Samad arrived at his home in Rawamangun, East Jakarta, close to midnight. At around the same time, KPK deputies Bambang Widjojanto returned to his home in Depok, and Busyro Muqoddas to his home in East Jakarta. Suddenly, they all received a message: KPK Director of Enforcement Warih Sadono reports some harrowing news. “The (KPK) boys in the field are being pressured,” said Abraham, imitating Warih.
Abraham immediately returned to the office. Busyro and Bambang Widjajanto arrived a half-hour later. A meeting was immediately convened. They decided to go to the office of the Traffic Division. Johan Budi SP, the KPK spokesman who had just reached his home, was asked to join them.
A Tempo source said that the problem began at 10pm, when Com. Gen. Sutarman arrived there along with some senior officers. These included: Chief of the East Kalimantan Police Department Inspector General Anas Yusuf, Chief of the Riau Police Department Brig. Gen. Suaedi Husein, and Senior Commissioners Ahmad Wiyagus and Erwanto Kurniadi. The senior Traffic Division officers, who were initially friendly, started acting aggressively towards them. The KPK officers were asked to stop the raid, which in fact was almost over. They had gathered 29 boxes of documents in one room.
Sutarman asked the KPK officers to leave the premises—which they refused. The police officers tried to intimidate the officers, most of whom also came from the police. They felt that the raid was illegal, because it was done without the authorization of the National Police Chief. The outer gate of the complex was locked from the inside with a large padlock.
Sutarman later confirmed his objection to the raid. According to him, the KPK officers lied when the entered the premises. “One said that the raid was authorized by the National Police Chief,” he said. “But there was no such thing.” Wiyagus said he also had his doubts about the raid. However, he denied acting roughly.
Abraham, Bambang, and Busyro arrived exactly at midnight. At that time, negotiations between KPK officers and police officers had reached a dead-end. Most of the officers, now tired, stopped the raid and sat in one room. Their spirits rose when they saw their leaders arrive. It was already time for the pre-dawn meal before fasting began, and they ate together. Rice and chicken from McDonald’s, and tea in drink boxes was their pre-dawn meal.
The negotiations had stalled because the police were not allowing the KPK officers to take the evidence with them. A middle route was offered - namely locking the evidence in one room at the office of the police headquarters and the KPK would each hold one key. However, the officers declined this idea. The negotiations had to go to the top: which decided to meet the National Police Chief once again.
On Tuesday afternoon, Abraham and Bambang, accompanied by KPK Deputy for Internal Supervision and Public Complaints Handoyo Sudrajat, again met with Gen.Timur Pradopo. Anas, Suaedi, and other officers once again attended this meeting. They debated about the authority to investigate and conduct a raid in this case. Abraham took the initiative, asking Timur to speak in private. After this, Timur decided that one container of documents from the raid could be taken to the KPK’s office.
Nearing dusk, the container arrived at the KPK. This box was guarded by officers from the KPK and the Crime Investigation Unit.
That long night at the Traffic Division kicked off a competition. After a meeting at the Directorate on Corruption Crimes, National Police Headquarters spokesman Brig. Gen. Boy Rafly Amar announced four suspects in the same case. They are: Assistant Head of the Traffic Division Brig. Gen. Didik Purnomo, Head of Procurement Senior Adjunct Commissioner Teddy Rusmawan, Project Treasurer of Legimo, President Director of PT Inovasi Teknologi Indonesia Sukotjo S. Bambang, and Director of PT Citra Mandiri Metalindo Abadi Budi Susanto. On Friday night last week, Didik, Teddy and Legimo were detained by investigators. Setri Yasra, Rusman Paraqbueq, Angrita Cahyaningtyas