Former health minister Siti Fadillah Supari arriving at the offices of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in South Jakarta on Monday (24/10). (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir)

KPK Arrests Former Health Minister Siti Fadilah in Medical Equipment Graft Case

BY :FANA SUPARMAN

OCTOBER 24, 2016

Jakarta. Former health minister Siti Fadillah Supari was arrested on Monday (24/10) as part of an investigation by the national antigraft agency into alleged corruption related to the procurement of medical equipment during Indonesia's bird flu emergency.

Siti, who served as minister under former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono between 2004 and 2009, was named a suspect in April 2014, for her alleged involvement in a scheme to mark up the prices of crucial medical equipment at the height of the bird flu emergency in 2007, believed to have resulted in state losses of at least Rp 6.8 billion ($522,000).

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) accused Siti of having received Rp 1.37 billion in traveler's checks issued by Bank Mandiri in kickbacks for paving the way for supplier Prasasti Mitra to be awarded the contract.

"I was accused of receiving bribes, but it remains unclear who bribed me and when exactly it occurred," Siti told reporters before undergoing questioning at the KPK headquarters in South Jakarta.

Siti also countered accusations that she had unduly influenced the ministry to award the procurement tender to Prasasti Mitra.

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