The Director of Intelligence and Security Department of the South Sumatra Police, Sr. Comr. Ratno Kuncoro, said the investigation began after the police checked into a Bank Mandiri account. “There was absolutely no amount of money that was donated,” said Ratno today, August 2, 2021.
He said the police were still investigating the motive behind the plan of the businessman's family to grant funds for the pandemic relief. He added that the Akidi family could be subject to Article 15 and Article 16 of Law No. 1 of 1946 concerning the Criminal Code. “The article on the act of insulting the state with a sentence of 10 years' imprisonment,” he said.
According to Ratno, since Akidi's family said they would hand out the grant, the South Sumatra Police had formed a special team to oversee the fund disbursement. The symbolic handover of the donation was also attended by the South Sumatra Governor and the South Sumatra Police Chief.
At present, the Akidi Tio family's doctor, Hardi Darmawan, was also being grilled at the South Sumatra Police Headquarters. Ratno said the police did not want this issue to cause any polemics and slanders. “We will investigate this thoroughly,” he said.