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Bali Prosecutors Investigating Major Corruption Case Involving Purchase of Sound and Lighting Equipment for the Bali Arts Center

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Investigators from the Attorney General’s Office in Bali are refusing to comment publicly on their investigation of alleged illegal mark-ups in the purchase and installation of a sound system for the Bali Arts Center (Taman Budaya) located in downtown Denpasar.

According to DenPost, prosecutor’s reluctance to speak on the case to the press is tied to their active ongoing investigation. On Friday, May 31, 2013, the spokesman for the Bali prosecutor’s office flatly refused to speak in detail to the press on the case.

When the spokesman was asked about additional witnesses being called by his office, he admitted that was the case in the developing investigation and that, indeed, extra witness statements were being secured.

It has been confirmed, however, that one suspect has been named in the illegal mark up of sound systems, lighting, electrical generators, CCTV and other equipment for installation at the capital’s performing arts center. The initials of the person charged in the case are "KM" who acted as the personal responsible for the project.

The prosecutorial spokesman would only confirm a suspect has been named and that his initials were KM.

A total of five witnessed have been called in the case in which a corruption amounting to Rp. 1,087,600,000 (US$110,000) occured out of a total expenditure of Rp. 21 billion (US$2.1 million) from the provincial budget is alleged to have occurred.

The spokesman added: “This case is still in development. If more evidence is found, it is not impossible that other suspects will be charged.”

Many have looked at the equipment installed at the Art Center, claiming the maximum expenditure should not have exceeded Rp. 10 billion (US$1 million). Others have criticized that the subject equipment is only used once each year during the Bali Arts Festival.

DenPost has investigated the case suggesting the person bearing the initials KM mentioned by prosecutors is I Ketut Mantara Gandi, the person charged with securing the new sound and lighting system for the Arts Center. DenPost hastened, however, to add that only prosecutors could firmly confirm who they have, in fact, charged bearing those initials.

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