Former Buleleng Regent Investigated for Corruption

SINGARAJA

The former regent of Buleleng, I Putu Bagiada, is under investigation for alleged involvement in corruption.

The investigation was launched the Buleleng Prosecutor’s Office on Monday, just a few days after Bagiada stepped down from his post at the end of his term.

Prosecutors allege that Bagiada and other regency officials embezzled a total of Rp11 billion from collected land and property taxes between 2005 and 2012, with letters produced allegedly giving details of how the stolen funds were distributed between the officials.

Prosecutors had already seized various tax documents before questioning the former regent.

“We will continue to develop the case. It will probably affect other parties,” said Wayan Suardi of the Buleleng prosecutor office, adding that Bagiada’s former deputy, Made Arga Pynatih, would also be questioned.

Separately, while still in power, Bagiada was accused by a number of NGOs of embezzling funds from state-run microfinance organisations.

Speaking after his five-hour questioning session at the prosecutor’s office on money the ex-regent denied wrongdoing.

“I have already provided all the necessary information and data needed for further investigations,” he said.



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