Police chief's wealth questioned
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

House of Representatives Speaker Agung Laksono asked Gen. Sutanto on Tuesday to clarify Corruption Eradication Commission findings his personal wealth had soared since becoming National Police chief.

"(Sutanto's) wealth has increased significantly and (people) will question this. As a public official, he must be able to explain the increase," Agung said as quoted by the detik.com news portal.

The KPK announced Tuesday that Sutanto's total assets soared by more than 140 percent from Rp 2.4 billion (US$260,960) in 2001 to Rp 5.9 billion by the first half of this year.

The amount of his bank deposits rocketed from Rp 75 million to Rp 4.2 billion, the commission said.

KPK director of wealth reporting and monitoring Muhammad Sigit said Sutanto reported in his disclosure that the bank deposits did not come from third parties.

"We can find out whether the increase in his wealth makes sense by knowing his earnings as National Police chief because he doesn't have any other businesses," Sigit said.

National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Paulus Purwoko said the increase was normal and "logical", given Sutanto's top job in the force.

"It is logical for a man in his position (to collect such a amount of money)," he said. Sutanto's monthly salary and allowances were significantly higher than other senior members of the force, he said.

He declined, however, to disclose how much Sutanto was paid a month. The institution authorized to give out such information was the police finance department, he said.

Sutanto was appointed chief on July 8 last year, replacing Gen. Da'i Bachtiar. Sutanto served as the head of the police's training and education institution before heading the National Narcotics Agency (BNN).

The KPK also published the wealth reports of former industry minister Andung Nitimihardja and former fisheries and maritime minister Rokhmin Dahuri.

Neither Andung's wealth report nor Rokhmin's showed a sharp increase from 2001 to 2004. Rokhmin's wealth increased from Rp 5 billion in 2001 to Rp 5.9 billion in 2004, while Andung's wealth rose from Rp 2 billion to Rp 2.4 billion during the same period.

The KPK also announced the wealth of four regional officials, including West Kutai Deputy Regent Ishmael Thomas and Nias Regent Binahati Baeha.

The KPK has so far published the wealth reports of 30 ministers or senior officials at the same level as ministers.

The antigraft body is currently verifying the reports filed by Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh and Indonesian Military chief Air Chief Marshall Djoko Suyanto.

The commission is also collecting additional information to complete reports on State Minister for Women's Empowerment Meutia Hatta, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Widodo Adisucipto, State Minister for Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Suryadharma Ali and Coordinating Minister for the Economy Boediono.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Industry Minister Fahmi Idris are among officials who have yet to submit their reports.

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