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KPK questions public works minister over Hambalang

Posted by: admin | Posted on: January 14, 2014 | Leave a comment

120565_620The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto as a witness in its investigation into a graft case related to the construction of the Hambalang sports complex in Bogor, on Friday.

“The summons said that I would be asked to give information. That’s it,” said Djoko when he arrived at the KPK headquarters on Friday, as quoted by Antara news agency.

In the Sports School and Education and Training Center (P3SON) construction project in Hambalang, one of requirements for implementing the multi-year contract was the technical opinion of the Public Works Ministry.

A ministry official, Dedi Purmadi, in his testimony in the trial of graft suspect Deddy Kusdinar, acknowledged that there were many technical problems with the Hambalang project.

“There were a lot of technical problems in the field, such as poor land contours, so that ‘reviews’ needed to be done by implementing consultants. Although experts said that the land was soft, the Hambalang construction project was still possible,” said Dedi in a hearing on Tuesday.

It was said that the Public Works Ministry issued a technical opinion for Hambalang, although it was done without Djoko’s knowledge.

According to Deddy’s indictment, an evaluation report commissioned by a geological expert team from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) found there had been failures in the Hambalang project’s design management system and construction so that the P3SON building could not be used as it should have been.

Results of an investigation process by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) disaster response team showed landslides in Hambalang were triggered by land contours in the construction site.

“Most of them are swelling clay that is highly prone to movement of structures below ground,” the report said. (ebf)