KPK Arrest S. Sumatra Official Over Athletes' Village Construction


MARCH 13, 2015

Jakarta. The head of the South Sumatra Public Works Agency, Rizal Abdullah, has been arrested over a development project for the 2011 Southeast Asian Games, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) announced on Thursday.

KPK spokesman Priharsa Nugraha told reporters on Thursday night that Rizal was being held at a KPK detention facility in Guntur, South Jakarta.

“For investigation purposes, he will be arrested for the next 20 days," he said.

Rizal, who led a construction committee tasked with building an athletes’ village for the SEA Games in Palembang, South Sumatra, was named a corruption suspect in September last year for allegedly marking up the budget allocation for the project.

He admitted in 2011 to receiving Rp 400 million from Duta Graha Indah, the company that won the tender for the athletes village construction, which is owned by former Democratic Party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin's Permai Group.

Nazaruddin was convicted for corruption in 2012 and is currently serving seven years in prison. The disgraced lawmaker was proven guilty of receiving Rp 4.6 billion ($501,400) in bribes from Mohammad El Idris, the marketing manager of Duta Graha Indah, to award the company with the construction project for the athletes’ village.

The corruption case, which the KPK estimates has cost the state Rp 25 billion, has dragged down a number of high-profile lawmakers and businessmen.

El Idris has been arrested for his part in the case, as has disgraced Democratic Party lawmaker Angelina Sondakh.