Arrested: Former Democratic Party lawmaker Sutan Bhatoegana (second left) is ushered to a waiting detainee van at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta on Monday. Sutan has been accused of accepting a bribe for easing the passage of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's 2013 budget.
Arrested: Former Democratic Party lawmaker Sutan Bhatoegana
(second left) is ushered to a waiting detainee van at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta on Monday.
has been accused of accepting a bribe for easing the passage of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's 2013 budget.
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The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) detained Democratic Party cofounder Sutan Bhatoegana on Monday, eight months after declaring the former head of Commission VII on energy at the House of Representatives a suspect in a bribery case.
The detention of Sutan
came one week after the antigraft body pledged to complete all high-profile graft cases, including Sutan's
, before the tenure of current KPK leaders - Abraham Samad, Bambang Widjojanto, Adnan Pandu Praja and Zulkarnain - expired in December.
spokesman Priharsa Nugraha said that antigraft investigators decided to lock up Sutan
after completing around 80 percent of his
dossier and the KPK had a maximum of 120 days, as mandated by the Criminal Law Procedures Code (KUHAP), to complete the remaining 20 percent before sending his
case to court for trial.
"He'll be detained at the KPK detention center located in Salemba in Central Jakarta for the first 20 days.
The detention is extendable up to 120 days.
The detention is to facilitate the completion of the remaining dossiers prior to the trial," Priharsa said.
After around 10 hours of questioning, Sutan
declined to make any comment on his
arrest, simply saying that he
would follow all the legal procedures in his
"I will follow all the procedures.
Let's leave it to the court, which has the authority to decide whether I am guilty or not," Sutan
said as he
put on an orange detainee vest before being rushed by KPK vehicle to the detention center.
The case against Sutan
was first revealed after graft and money-laundering convict and former Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force
(SKKMigas) head, Rudi Rubiandini, testified at the Jakarta Corruption Court last year that the multimillion dollar bribes he
received from a number of oil and gas companies were partly channeled to the House as payoffs to Sutan
and other Commission VII members.
The House payoffs included a demand from Sutan
for US$200,000 to pay "holiday bonuses" to Commission VII lawmakers in 2013.
Due to his powerful position in control of the energy ministry Sutan also allegedly instructed Rudi to rig the bidding for a lucrative multimillion-dollar oil project held by a local unit of US energy giant Chevron, in which Edhie "Ibas" Baskoro, the youngest son of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, was also implicated.
was allegedly at loggerheads with Yudhoyono's cousin Sartono Hutomo and a "friend" of Ibas, regarding to their alleged attempt to cut corners in the bidding for a $600 million offshore construction project.
allegedly conspired in July 2013 with Rudi to favor PT Timas Suplindo in the project, but their plan was opposed by Sartono, then Democratic Party chief treasurer - and friend of Ibas - who backed rival PT Rekayasa Industri (Rekin).
has been charged under Articles 11 and 12 of Law No. 31/1999 on corruption, in conjunction with Article 55 of the KUHAP on collective and continuous crime, which carry a maximum 20 years behind bars for a state official receiving bribes.
The use of Article 55 implies the involvement other people in the case.
earlier said he
would reveal "everything" during his
upcoming trial, especially other parties involved in his
case, but he
did not mention specifically whether Ibas was one of them.
KPK deputy for prevention Johan Budi confirmed that Sutan
had provided KPK investigators with meaningful information about others with regard to corruption plaguing House Commission VII, SKKMigas
and the Energy Ministry.