Former Indonesia police official held over graft

JAKARTA, Dec 4, 2012 (AFP) -Indonesia has detained a former traffic police chief in a multi-million dollar graft case, the nation's corruption watchdog said Tuesday, in the latest scandal to hit the notoriously corrupt police force.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it detained Djoko Susilo, the former chief of the traffic division, on Monday "for allegedly abusing his authority" in a case involving a $21 million tender for driving simulators.
"We will question him over the next 20 days and if we find sufficient evidence of wrongdoing, we will take his case to court," KPK spokesman Johan Budi told AFP.
The KPK has accused Susilo of accepting more than $200,000 in kickbacks to favour one bidder.
The winner, metals company Citra Mandiri Metalindo Abadi, is known for producing bottle tops, and had no experience or capacity in simulators.
Rampant corruption has crippled the public service in Indonesia, where paying bribes is routine and half the population of 240 million live below the poverty line.
The country scored 3.0 in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index for 2011, where 10 means "very clean" and zero "highly corrupt".
The KPK has been given extraordinary powers to wiretap suspects, probe bank accounts and investigate the all-powerful police.
In the process it has infuriated some politicians and police, but won the fervent support of ordinary Indonesians, who consider the police as one of the country's most corrupt institutions.
In 2011, senior police officer Susno Duadji was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail for embezzlement and taking bribes.

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