Jakarta (dpa) – The Indonesian parliament on Thursday confirmed as head of police a commissioner under investigation for corruption, an official said.
Commissioner Budi Gunawan, currently head of police training, will face an enquiry over 57 billion rupiah ($4.5 million) that he apparently received from a private company between 2005-2006, the Corruption Eradication Commission said Tuesday.
The parliament approved his appointment as chief of the National Police in Thursday’s plenary session, chairman Taufik Kurniawan said.
He was the sole nominee put forward for the post last week by President Joko Widodo, who was elected last year on a plaform of reform and anti-corruption.
Widodo said an internal police investigation cleared Budi of any wrongdoing, but his choice still drew criticism from anti-corruption activists, many of whom supported Widodo’s presidential campaign.
Budi has dismissed the allegations as “character assassination” to derail his appointment.
His wealth declaration showed assets worth 22.6 billion rupiah in 2013, up from 4.6 billion rupiah in 2008, local media reported, citing the anti-graft commission.
Budi is the latest in a series of high-ranking officials to be named as suspects in corruption cases.