JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s anti-graft agency on Tuesday named President Joko Widodo’s sole nomination for police chief a bribery suspect, a blemish on the new leader who came to office in October promising clean government.
Widodo on Saturday said three-star general Budi Gunawan would be his only candidate to head the police, considered by many to be one of the most corrupt institutions in the country.
“Gunawan has been named a suspect by the KPK for holding suspect bank accounts when he was the chief of the police’s bureau of human resources,” said an official with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), who declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the media.
Gunawan, who is currently the head of police training, could not be reached for comment.
Widodo told reporters on Monday he chose Gunawan on recommendation from the National Police Commission.