13 Jun 2006

Watchdog reveals suspicious transactions by Papua police

7:58 pm on 13 June 2006

Little headway has been made in investigations into suspicious transactions involving the bank accounts of a number of police officers in the Papua regional police in Indonesia.

The Jakarta Post reports that the transactions were uncovered over the past two years by Indonesian financial Watchdog The Financial Transaction Reports Analysis Centre, or PPATK.

The money involved is believed to be the proceeds of illegal logging.

PPATK says the uncovering last year of suspicious financial transactions involving 15 police officers throughout Indonesia is believed to be only the tip of a corruption iceberg.

Sources at the PPATK say police are slow in investigating the cases, apparently due to the influence some of the high-ranking officers wield within the force.