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Thursday
Apr252013

Top Indonesia traffic cop pocketed $11 million, prosecutors say

The former chief of Indonesia's traffic police is on trial, accused of corruptly amassing houses, land, cars, and even gas stations.

Inspector General Djoko Susilo was arrested in December.

At the opening of his trial this week at a special anti-corruption court in Jakarta, prosecutors said his ill-gotten assets amounted to more than $11 million.

Here's a report from AFP.

Many of his assets, according to prosecutors from the independent Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), were held by family members.

Susilo was a member of the traffic police from 2003 to 2012.

He's also charged with money laundering and abuse of authority.

One charge alleges he took kickbacks of $3.2 million for a $21 million contract to supply driving simulators.

He faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted on all charges.

The KPK (in Indonesian called the Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi) prosecutes cases of official corruption. It has broad investigative powers to wiretap suspects and access bank records.

It often investigates high-level politicians and police and has a perfect conviction record.