Police Nab New Suspects in Graft Case April 18, 2009Posted by Bahadir Sahin in English, Turkce.
Tags: crime and GIS, Geographical Information System (GIS), PT Endogeotec Visicon
Two suspects were arrested in Jakarta on Friday on allegations of graft involving a major geospatial project for the State Ministry for the Acceleration of Development in Underdeveloped Regions in 2007.
The two suspects, who are now under the custody of the Attorney General’s Office, or AGO, in Salemba, Jakarta, were identified as Hary Iskadejanto, the chief executive officer of PT Endogeotec Visicon, and Ahmad Firdaus Ariyanto, a project officer from the same company.
The police are investigating indications of budget inconsistencies in digital map procurement, expert recruitment and surveys related to the launch of the Spatial Data and Information Preparation Project in 2007.
The inconsistencies caused “a loss of state funds that auditors are still calculating,” said Jasman Panjaitan, the head of the AGO’s legal information center.
The project was divided into three packages, with the first package, covering the provinces of Maluku, North Maluku, Papua and West Java, having a contract value of Rp 2.35 billion ($211,355).
The second package, covering the islands of Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara, was worth Rp 1.891 billion, while Rp 2.316 billion was earmarked for Sumatra, Java, Bali and Kalimantan.
Jasman said Hary and Ahmad joined four other people suspected of involvement in the case.
“The other four have been detained since April 13 at Salemba,” he said.