Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 | 11:38 WIB
Did the Police Wiretap Phones of KPK Leaders?
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:The war between the police and the antigraft commission (KPK) continues in the case of who gets to investigate the graft scandal linked to the driver's license (SIM) test simulator project. The drums of war have been sounded from Trunojoyo, the police headquarters. This was revealed in the cover story by Tempo magazine issue of August 13, 2012. News of the wiretapped phones are spreading amid growing tensions between both the KPK and the police over who should conduct investigations into top corruption scandals. The current graft scandals involve the SIM test simulator project in which a top police general has been named a suspect, while another is a flu vaccine project with the former health minister’s role brought into question.
A senior officer said stealth operations have been conducted. Phone communications of KPK leaders have been intercepted. From the wiretaps, it is revealed which KPK leader is the most passionate about investigating cases involving members of the police force. Monitoring the movements of some KPK officials is also being done. Alleged “evidence” to harm KPK leaders has also been prepared. Mistakes they might have done in the past are being re-examined.
Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar, Head of the Information Bureau, National Police Headquarters, says he cannot comment. "I’ve just learned about this from you," he toldTempo. It seems that high-ranking police officers are desperately trying to keep the simulator corruption scandal within the confines of the Traffic Unit (Korlantas) from being fully investigated by the KPK in order to prevent irregularities in similar projects in Korlantas from being uncovered. "There are many projects worth hundreds of billions," said a police officer.
The National Police Headquarters has been getting it easy in procurement projects using funds allocated from non-tax state revenues. In 2011, the ceiling for this line item based on the Police’s Project Allocation List (DIP) was Rp3.12 trillion, a jump of 74.4 percent from the previous year’s Rp1.79 trillion.
The Ministry of Finance allowed the police to directly use 90 percent of the revenues from processing driver's licenses, vehicle registration certificates, vehicle owner's books, vehicle license plates, as well as inter-regional transfers. "These funds are used to finance a number of procurement in the Korlantas," said a source.
In 2011, Korlantas also handled the procurement of material to make vehicle license plates valued at Rp702.5 billion. The project was handled by the Primary Cooperative Police (Primkoppol), Directorate of Traffic. In a later development, the procurement of the entire raw material for the license plates was handed over to Budi Susanto, Director of Citra Mandiri Metalindo Abadi. In an interview with Tempo in May, Budi confirmed this. "Primkoppol and I work together," said the owner of an aluminium smelting enterprise in Kilometer 57, Kerawang, West Java.
Other high-valued procurements are: vehicle testing, Rp75.17 billion; driver's license supporting equipment, Rp210 billion; and external region transfers, Rp21.3 billion. There is fear that inquiry will be made into them as KPK further investigates the driver’s license test simulator corruption. "It's dangerous for a lot of police officers," he said.
A police officer says that for quite some time now the Traffic Unit has been a secret source of income. He says that Korlantas is “the gate to money for a number of generals”. To reporters, General Timur Pradopo guarantees that he will investigate all Police officers who are involved. "If there are witness testimonies and supporting evidence, we will trace them," he said. Setri Yasa, Tri Suharman, Anggita, Ayu Prima