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When was Tjahjo Examined for the Meikarta Case?

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Tjahjo Kumolo


SURABAYAPAGI.com, Jakarta - Spokesperson for the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Febri Diansyah said, the KPK was unable to ascertain when the Interior Minister (Mendagri) Tjahjo Kumolo would be summoned regarding the bribery case of the Meikarta project. The KPK still has to look at Tjahjo’s connection with the case.
"We certainly need to look at the facts of the trial delivered by witnesses yesterday who were also suspects in this case related to other facts," he said, the Red and White Corps building, Kuningan, Jakarta, Tuesday (15/1).
Febri continued, until now there has been no letter of summons that was filed to the Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo either as a witness for the investigation process or as a witness for the trial process. However, the KPK will study the facts revealed at the trial.
According to Febri, the main thing from what was revealed by the Bekasi Regent was Neneng Hassanah, who was not active at the trial on Monday (14/1), namely the question of the meeting that took place at the Ministry of Home Affairs. Neneng, the suspect who was a witness at the trial, was once ordered to come to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Jakarta, to attend the meeting.
"The main point actually conveyed was that the Bekasi Regent at that time had been asked to take part in a meeting by one of the officials at the Ministry of Home Affairs to discuss the licensing of Meikarta and the Director General of Regional Autonomy (Soni Sumarsono).
In the examination of the Director General of Regional Autonomy, Febri continued, the KPK clarified who initiated the meeting, what was the purpose, and what was discussed. "That has already been included in the examination material. So we will see whether it is relevant or not relevant to the case for the summoning process (Tjahjo)," he said.
Tjahjo was previously referred to in the trial of the alleged bribery for the Meikarta project at the Bandung Corruption Court in Bandung, West Java. Tjahjo, according to Neneng, asked for help from himself to help with the management of the Meikarta permit.
"Tjahjo Kumolo told me, ’Please permit Meikarta to be assisted’," Neneng said in his testimony at the Bandung Corruption Court on Monday (14/1). He also claimed to be asked to come to Jakarta to meet Sumarsono. This request to come was related to the results of a plenary meeting with former West Java Deputy Governor Deddy Mizwar.
In a meeting to discuss land use utilization permits (IPPT), Deddy requested that the 84.6 hectare building permit be postponed first. The project area requires recommendations from the Governor of West Java.
"At that time (called to Jakarta), Interior Minister Tjahjo Kumolo called Mr. Soemarsono, spoke for a while, then telephoned Pak Sumarsono to me, and Tjahjo Kumolo told me, ’Please permit Meikarta to be assisted’," he said.
Neneng agreed to Tjahjo’s request. However, said Neneng, it must be in accordance with the applicable rules. "I replied, ’Sir, the important one is in accordance with the applicable rules’," he said. In the trial, Neneng said, Sumarsono would facilitate a meeting between the West Java Provincial Government, Bekasi Regency Government, and PT Mahkota Sentosa Utama as the developer of Meikarta.
Tjahjo Kumolo has provided clarification about Neneng’s statement regarding Meikarta’s permission. According to Tjahjo, the licensing authority of the property development project is the authority of the Bekasi Regency Government and the West Java Provincial Government.
"It has been explained by the Director General of Regional Autonomy (Otda) who was summoned by the KPK to give testimony of the authority that has brought together the West Java Regional Government and the Bekasi Regency Government. The meeting was for clarification of Meikarta’s licensing and was the authority of the West Java Regional Government and Bekasi District Government," Tjahjo said in a written statement to reporter on Monday (14/1).
He continued, the results of this meeting were then informed to him by the Director General of Regional Autonomy Soni Sumarsono. "It was conveyed that the authority was by the Bekasi Regency Government. The point is this," said Tjahjo.
Then, Tjahjo also revealed, that he monitored the meeting between the West Java Provincial Government and the Bekasi regent. The meeting was facilitated by the Director General of Regional Autonomy and carried out openly.
"The results of the meeting were also informed to me. Every time there are licensing issues between the regional administrations that have not been able to decide, it is always open to the Ministry of Home Affairs to facilitate the correct rules. Including, the Bekasi Regency Government and the West Java Provincial Government regarding Meikarta permits. said Tjahjo. rk

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