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State losses from alleged Kominfo's BTS corruption may hit Rp1tn

Tempo - November 3, 2022

Muh Raihan Muzakki, Arrijal Rachman, Jakarta – The Indonesian Attorney General Office (AGO) estimated that state losses due to alleged corruption in the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information or Kominfo's Base Transceiver Station (BTS) reached Rp1 trillion. The figure is obtained from the BTS phase I project which includes five work packages.

"The contract value [of the project phase I] is Rp 10 trillion. The loss may be around Rp1 trillion. We are still calculating, so it may be more," said AGO's junior attorney general for special crimes (Jampidsus), Kuntadi, at AGO HQ, Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

The coverage area of the tower construction project that is suspected to be problematic includes underdeveloped, frontier, and outermost (3T) regions such as Kalimantan, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), Sumatra, Papua, and Sulawesi. A Tempo source at AGO stated that investigators have been exploring the alleged corruption case for the past three months.

Kuntadi said a number of parties had been summoned for questioning. "The team has examined a number of people for questioning. We have held a hearing based on these results. It is decided that there is sufficient preliminary evidence to be escalated into an investigation on alleged criminal acts of corruption in the provision of BTS infrastructure," he explained.

From October 31 to November 1, 2022, the AGO examined three consortiums working on the project and collected documents from all consortiums and the Telecommunication and Information Accessibility Agency (BAKTI) as the party in charge of the Kominfo's BTS project.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1652561/state-losses-from-alleged-kominfos-bts-corruption-may-hit-rp1t