Jakarta. Indonesian antigraft officials have arrested a politician from former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party in connection with a corruption scandal at the energy ministry.
Sutan Bhatoegana, a former Democrat legislator, was taken into custody after on Monday night, following nine hours of questioning over bribes that he was alleged to have taken when he chaired the House of Representatives’ oversight commission for energy in 2013.
“I’m just following the procedure,” Sutan, dressed in the trademark orange vest of a detainee of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), told reporters as he was taken from the KPK headquarters in South Jakarta to a car for transfer to Salemba prison in Central Jakarta.
“Whether I’m innocent, we’ll just wait for the court ruling,” he added, as quoted by Vivanews.co.id.
Sutan’s case is closely linked to that of fellow Democrat Jero Wacik, the energy minister under Yudhoyono, who was named a suspect last year by the KPK for embezzlement and abuse of power in connection with the awarding of oil purchase contracts.
The case came to light following the arrest in August 2013 of Rudi Rubiandini, the head of upstream oil and gas regulator SKKMigas, while in the process of taking a bribe from representatives of Singapore-based oil trader Kernel Oil.
Rudi, who was subsequently convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison, claimed that $200,000 of the bribe was meant for Sutan and other members of the House energy commission.