M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named the former Bekasi Mayor Rahmat Effendi as a suspect of money laundering after investigators found leads strongly suggesting Rahmat had spent and hid his wealth he generated from alleged corruption.
Effendi was previously charged for alleged bribery and gratification as a state official linked to land acquisition.
"Investigators found other criminal activities committed by the suspect [Rahmat Effendi] which opened a new investigation against him under money laundering charges," says Ali Fikri, KPK spokesperson on April 4.
The anti-graft organization is set to gather pieces of evidence and summon witnesses.
KPK also named 8 other suspects in Effendi's previous case that involved receiving a Rp7.1 billion bribe as a mayor.