Held Hostage by an Old Case
Agus Prabowo visited the Jakarta Police on Wednesday, February 20. Jakarta Police Special Crimes Director Sr. Comsr. Adi Deriyan had sent Agus a summons letter eight days prior.
The police asked Agus to testify in relation to the procurement of heavy machinery for the Jakarta provincial government Bina Marga Road Agency.
Agus Prabowo was the chief of the Policies for the Procurement of Goods and Services for the Government (LKPP) from July 2015 to January 2019. He replaced Agus Rahardjo, who had led the LKPP since 2010. Agus Rahardja was then elected as chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). The heavy machinery procurement occurred during Agus Rahardjo’s tenure as LKPP chief.
Agus Prabowo went to the Jakarta Police with LKPP e-Katalog Deputy Robin Asad Suryo, who was also summoned for the investigation into the 2015 procurement. The two men were questioned in separate rooms. Agus Prabowo sensed numerous irregularities during his examination. “During the interview process, I had the impression that my answers were led to take issue with Agus Rahardjo’s role,” he said on Friday, April 26,
The Jakarta provincial government initiated the procurement project for 19 heavy machinery items for road repairs, at a value of Rp36.1 bilion in 2015. The Jakarta government partnered with the LKPP because it wanted the purchase the items using the e-katalog. E-katalog is believed to make it easier for government institutions to find desired items through companies listed on the database.
The case was claimed as a finding by the House of Representatives (DPR) special inquiry committee on the KPK. The special committee said the chosen procurement company, Dorma Ma Uli, delivered items that did not match the agreed specifications. Among others, the brand mentioned in the contract did not match the brand on the vehicles’ chassis. “We found indications of violations by the LKPP internal circle, who was at the time led by Agus Rahardjo,” said Arteria Dahlan, member of the special inquiry committee from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) in September 2017. Agus Rahardjo denied the accusation, calling it slander.
The case was initially handled by the National Police Criminal Investigation Division (Bareskrim), based on a report made on January 31, 2017. At the time, the KPK was launching an all-out investigation into the electronic ID (e-KTP) project corruption, which later implicated then-DPR speaker and Golkar Party chairman, Setya Novanto. On the same day, the Bareskrim relegated the case to the Jakarta Police. As of July 2017, the Jakarta Police had issued three investigation warrants for the case.
Recently, a warrant was issued on February 12. The police has examined dozens of witnesses, two of whom have been indicted, namely Dorma Director Irianto and Hamdan, commitment-making official in the Jakarta Bina Marga Road Agency Technical Implementation Unit. According to Agus Prabowo, investigators asked him about the two individuals. “I said I didn’t know them. At the time I was still LKPP deputy of human resources,” he said.
Investigators still asked Agus Prabowo to explain Agus Rahardjo’s role in the alleged violation. Agus Prabowo insisted that he did not know the data collection process for the e-katalog. Investigators then asked numerous variations of the same question. Agus Prabowo became irked and raised his voice. “I said I did not know. I asked him to ask Pak Agus Rahardjo directly.”
Sr. Comsr. Adi Deriyan chooses to remain silent regarding the investigation into the two agencies. He asked Jakarta Police Chief of Public Relations Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono to provide an explanation. “With Mas Argo,” he said via text on Friday, April 26. On the same day, the National Police Headquarters mutated a number of police officials. Adi Deriyan was transferred to the National Police General Crimes Division Mid-Level Policy Analysis.
When asked for his confirmation, Argo Yuwono said he was unaware of the investigation. “The requested data is not yet available. I’m still waiting for data from the Special Crimes Division,” he said.