Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairwoman Basaria Panjaitan says South Solok district head Muzni Zakaria is suspected of having received Rp 775 million ($54,000) in kickbacks from the Dempo Group. (Antara Photo/Dhemas Reviyanto)

KPK Names South Solok District Head a Bribery Suspect


MAY 08, 2019

Jakarta. The national antigraft agency has named the district head of South Solok in West Sumatra a suspect in a bribery case.

Muzni Zakaria, who is in his second term as district head, allegedly received kickbacks from Muhammad Yamin Kahar, chairman of property and energy company the Dempo Group, to secure two construction projects – a mosque development and a bridge reconstruction in South Solok.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) previously searched Muzni's home for evidence and named Yamin a suspect in the case.

Muzni allegedly received a Rp 460 million ($32,000) kickback for awarding the Rp 55 billion South Solok Grand Mosque construction project to the Dempo Group, while he allegedly also received Rp 315 million from Yamin for the Rp 14 billion project to reconstruct the Ambayan Bridge over the Pagu River.

"M.Z. is suspected to have received gifts in the form of money related to the procurement of goods and services," KPK deputy chairwoman Basaria Panjaitan told reporters in Jakarta on Tuesday, referring to Muzni by his initials.

The KPK said Muzni's wife, Suriati, may have acted as an intermediary between him and Yamin.

According to Muzni's wealth report listed on the KPK's official website, he was worth Rp 5.5 billion in 2016, with total landholdings valued at Rp 5.1 billion.

Muzni was elected for a five-year term as district head in 2010 and re-elected in 2016.