Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Awi Setiyono, second from right, displays some of the evidence recovered during a sting operation at the offices of the Ministry of Transportation in Jakarta on Tuesday (11/10). Police have named three officials as suspects in an investigation into the alleged extortion of illegal fees for permits at the Directorate for Sea Transportation. (Antara Photo/Rivan Awal Lingga)

Three Transport Ministry Officials Named as Suspects in Extortion Case

BY :JAKARTA GLOBE

OCTOBER 12, 2016

Jakarta. The Jakarta Police have named three officials of the Ministry of Transportation as suspects in an investigation into the alleged extortion of illegal fees for permits at the Directorate of Sea Transportation, following a sting operation at the offices in Central Jakarta on Tuesday (11/10).

The three suspects are civil servant Abdu Rasyid, Endang Sudarmono, a meter reader at the shipping and registration measurement unit, and Meizy, head of the shipping and registration measurement section.

The suspects are believed to have collected fees illegally to issue measurement letters and seafarer identity documents, Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. M Iriawan said in Jakarta on Wednesday, as reported by state-run Antara news agency.

At least six people were arrested with more than Rp 90 million ($6,900) in unreported cash and Rp 1 billion in receipts in their possession during the sting operation.

The three who have not been named as suspects are still being questioned as witnesses after claims that they were forced to pay illegal fees to the suspects, Iriawan said.

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