Bali Culture Office Head Questioned Over Graft Case

DENPASAR ~

The Bali public prosecutor’s office has again questioned chief of the provincial culture office I Ketut Suastika in a Rp6 billion graft case related to procurement of sound system and lighting at the Denpasar Art Center.

Suastika was questioned from 09.00 a.m. to 00.30 p.m. local time.

“It is true I have just undergone questioning,” he said. He said the questioning this time is enough to name a suspect in the graft case. “I think it is enough,” he said.

Haposan Sihombing, Suastika’s lawyer, said his client was questioned as a suspect in the case.

“In the previous summons, he was questioned as a witness in the case against other suspect but this time he was questioned as a suspect,” he said.

During the questioning, a team of investigators raised 14 questions to Suastika, Haposan said.

But he declined to elaborate on the contents of the questions. Head of the Information and Law Section of the Bali Public Prosecutor’s Office Ashari Kurniawan confirmed the questioning against the chief of the provincial culture office.

He said Suastika was questioned in connection with the graft case at the Art Center.

The public prosecutor’s office has named two suspects in the graft case. The other suspect is acting chief of the Art Center Mantara Gandhi.

The case came to light after the State Audit Board (BPK) found irregularities in the procurement of sound system, lighting and CCTV at the Art Center which led to a state loss of Rp6 billion.

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