Indonesia's anti-graft agency zeroes in on president's inner circle

Indonesia's anti-graft agency zeroes in on president's inner circle
Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto answers reporters’ questions as he leaves the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building in Jakarta on Tuesday. Investigators questioned Djoko as a witness in an extortion case involving former energy and mineral resources minister Jero Wacik.

INDONESIA - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is going after people inside President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's (SBY) inner circle.

After questioning his presidential advisor on political communication, Daniel Sparringga, on Tuesday the KPK grilled Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto in a high-profile graft case implicating former energy and mineral resources minister Jero Wacik.

Last week, Daniel Sparringga was questioned on allegations that he had received dirty money from Jero, whom the KPK has charged with extortion.

Jero is a senior member of Yu-dhoyono's ruling Democratic Party, while Djoko is known as one of Yu-dhoyono's right-hand men.

After six-hours of questioning, Djoko, who like Yudhoyono's is a 1973 Military Academy graduate, acknowledged that KPK investigators had attempted to cross-check information received from Daniel.

"The point is that investigators sought to confirm Daniel Sparringga's testimony. There were around 16 questions," Djoko said at KPK headquarters on Tuesday without elaborating further.

Djoko also did not deny that he had held a meeting with Daniel where they discussed Jero's former role at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry.

"I can't answer the question, it is part of the ongoing investigation," Djoko said, adding that he was questioned in his capacity as a coordinating minister.

Djoko's questioning by the KPK raises further questions, because structurally speaking, Jero's office falls under the supervision of the Coordinating Economic Minister, not the Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister.

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