The Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) has called for an investigation into an alleged attempt by US gunmaker Smith & Wesson to bribe officials at the National Police.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) first revealed the case on Monday when it announced that it would impose a US$2.03 million penalty on the company.
The SEC found that employees and representatives of the Massachusetts-based firm had engaged in a pervasive effort to win overseas contracts by “offering, authorizing or making illegal payments or providing gifts meant for officials in five countries, including in Indonesia.”
A SEC investigation found that in 2009, Smith & Wesson had authorized its third-party agent in Indonesia to make improper payments to the country’s police officials in an attempt to win a contract.
In response to the SEC report, ICW legal researcher Donal Fariz urged the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to look into the scandal.
“The National Police may face a conflict of interest by handling the case. So, it is better to entrust the investigation with the KPK. The KPK needs to ask for the detailed report [from the SEC] on the police officials who were involved in the scandal,” he said on Wednesday in a telephone interview.