Ambon (ANTARA) – The Aru Islands Resort Police (Polres) have named three suspects in the case of alleged corruption in the budget for handling the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) at the district’s Food Security Service.
Three suspects who are suspected of having committed irregularities and misuse of the COVID-19 budget, namely MG, CR and DH. The three have been detained at the Aru Police Detention Center, Maluku Province.
Aru Islands Police Chief AKBP Dwi Bachtiar in Ambon said Thursday that the COVID-19 budget disbursed for the Aru Islands Regency Government was Rp 60 billion. Realized for 21 Regional Apparatus Organizations (OPD) amounted to IDR 41 billion.
“Rp 41 billion was realized for 21 OPD of Aru Islands Regency. However, from the review and results of data from the Health Service, at that time Aru Islands Regency was still in the green zone,” said the Police Chief,
This corruption case began when the Maluku Finance and Development Supervisory Agency (BPKP) conducted an investigative audit and found findings indicating state financial losses in five OPDs. Meanwhile, the other 16 OPDs are still in the investigation process.
Five PDs were indicated to have committed irregularities and misuse of the COVID-19 budget, namely the Food Security Service, the Industry and Trade Service, the Fisheries Service, the Agriculture Service and the Aru Islands Regency Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD).
“Then from the results of the investigation, expert testimony from the Government Goods/Services Procurement Policy Institute (LKPP) and the results of the BPKP Representative for Maluku Province, we carried out a case title and raised the status of the five OPDs to the investigation stage,” he said.
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After the status was raised, the investigation team then examined witnesses and confiscated documents. Next, they conducted an examination of LKPP experts and asked the BPKP to calculate state losses from the five OPDs.
On November 18, 2022, the BPKP Representative for Maluku Province issued the results of calculating state financial losses at the Aru Islands Regency Food Security Service.
“As for the Industry and Trade Service, the Fisheries Service, the Agriculture Service and the Aru Islands Regency Regional Disaster Management Agency, they will follow later,” said the police chief.
After receiving the results of the BPKP audit, on November 25 2022 the investigation team returned to holding a case to determine the suspect related to the Aru Islands Regency Food Security Service.
“And the results of the case title are the suspects named with the initials MG (provider), CR (PPK) and DH (KPA),” he said.
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After identifying the three suspects, the investigation team again sent summons letters to the three to be examined as witnesses on November 25, 2022.
The suspect MG complied with investigators’ summons on Monday 28 November 2022. After being questioned, the status in question was then transferred to that of a suspect and immediately detained.
The same goes for the other two suspects. The suspect CR will be present on Tuesday 29 November 2022 and the suspect DH will be present on Wednesday 30 November 2022.
“Both were examined as witnesses, after that their status was changed to become suspects, then they were examined by suspects and detained,” he said.
Investigators have confiscated funds resulting from state financial losses from MG as the provider. “In the near future we will send the case files from the Food Security Service to the District Attorney,” he said.
As for the articles suspected, namely Article 2 paragraph (1) and (2) and/or article 3 of Law Number 31 of 1999 Amendment to Law Number 20 of 2001 concerning Eradication of Corruption Crimes.
Reporter: Winda Herman
Editor: Sri Muryono
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