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Supreme court increases Gayus` jail term to 12 years

The Supreme Court turned down Gayus Tambunan`s appeal of the ruling on his bribery case linked to PT Surya Alam Tunggal (SAT) tax complaints and increased his jail sentence to 12 years.

“His sentence is increased to 12 years with a fine of Rp500 million or six months more in jail,” appellate court judge Krisna Harahap said here on Wednesday when asked for his confirmation on the decision.

The sentence is two years longer than the earlier sentence made by the Higher Court.

The former tax official`s appeals trial was carried out by supreme court judges Artijo Alkotsar, Krisna Harahap and Syamsul Chaniago.

The first Gayus Tambunan case handled by the Supreme Court was linked to tax complaints filed by PT Surya Alam Tunggal.

Tambunan`s charges include giving or promising rewards to civil servants or state apparatus namely the chief of the Tangerang District Court Muchtadi Asnun (US$30,000) and other judges (US$10,000 each).

Other recipients include police members Arafat Enanie and Sri Sumartini respectively receiving US$2,500 and US$3,500 and his lawyer, Haposan Hutagalung Rp800 million and US$45,000.

Krisna said in the review of the case opinions emerged that tax is the biggest income source for the budget so that its collection must be intensified and extended.

“On the other hand any disruption in its collection will directly hinder development efforts that will in the end hurt the people.” he said.

Any crime in tax restitution, he said, needs to be monitored closely as it will affect state income.

“He has no remorse and has even continued committing other crimes while his case is still being processed,” he said.

Indonesian ruling party to hold congress following revelation of corruption among senior officials

English.news.cn,by Abu Hanifah, 2011-07-21
JAKARTA,July 21 (Xinhua) — Indonesian ruling political party, the Democrat Party, isscheduled to hold a two-day national congress Saturday following a high-profilecorruption allegation that implicating senior officials at the party asconfessed by the party’s sacked treasurer to the media recently.
Allegationon the implication of Anas and several senior officials at the party in ahigh-profile corruption case rife in national media following the confession offormer party’s treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin about it was televised nationwiderecently.
Nazaruddin,who is still at large after being declared a suspect in the corruption casethat was said masterminded by Anas, said Anas bought the votes from the party’scadres that made him seized the chairmanship in the party’s congress heldNovember last year.
Nazaruddinalso said that the money used to buy the votes came from bribes provided bycontractors who were just awarded contracts to build national sport facilitiesin Bogor, West Java and dormitory building projects for the athletes contendingin the upcoming regional sport event of SEA Games scheduled in Jakarta andPalembang.
In thetestimony aired by local TV station MetroTV in the last two days, Nazaruddinsaid from his hideout that part of the money provided to buy the votes wasretrieved from the state budget funds.
Nazaruddinhas been declared a suspect by the country’s anti-corruption commission forfixing all the project contracts to those contractors. He was suspected ofreceiving 13 percent of commission fee from total SEA Games athletes dormitoryproject that worth 200 billion rupiah (about 23 million U.S. dollars)
IndonesianPresident Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Democrat party’s patron figure, hassummoned Anas and several party’s senior officials regarding Nazaruddinconfession on Wednesday.
Butnone of them was willing to disclose the content of the meeting with thepresident who secured two maximum presidency periods with landslide votes in2004 and 2009 elections.
Discourseon possible chairmanship replacement in the upcoming congress rife in nationalmedia as an effort to save the party’s image before running in 2014 elections.
Theparty would no longer nominate President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as he had hismaximum two presidency terms. The party has yet to find the correct figure tobe nominated as its presidential candidate in the elections.
TheDemocrat party was initially established to usher Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, aretired army general, to seize presidency.
Theparty gained massive votes in the last two elections, dominating the seats inthe parliament that assuring adequate backup to the president’s policies inrunning the country.
Apolitical expert, Syamsuddin Haris, said earlier that the current high-profilecorruption scandal make the party risk losing significant votes in 2014election.
Hesaid that the corruption scandal has eroded the public’s trust on PresidentYudhoyono’s party that strongly voiced anti- corruption drive during theelection campaign.
Editor: Xiong Tong

Democrat Party to hold national congress onSaturday

Indonesian ruling political party, the Democrat Party, is scheduled to hold a two-day national congress Saturday following a high-profile corruption allegation that implicating senior officials at the party as confessed by the party’s sacked treasurer to the media recently.

Allegation on the implication of Anas and several senior officials at the party in a high-profile corruption case rife in national media following the confession of former party’s treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin about it was televised nationwide recently.

Nazaruddin, who is still at large after being declared a suspect in the corruption case that was said masterminded by Anas, said Anas bought the votes from the party’s cadres that made him seized the chairmanship in the party’s congress held November last year.

Nazaruddin also said that the money used to buy the votes came from bribes provided by contractors who were just awarded contracts to build national sport facilities in Bogor, West Java and dormitory building projects for the athletes contending in the upcoming regional sport event of SEA Games scheduled in Jakarta and Palembang.

In the testimony aired by local TV station MetroTV in the last two days, Nazaruddin said from his hideout that part of the money provided to buy the votes was retrieved from the state budget funds.

Nazaruddin has been declared a suspect by the country’s anti-corruption commission for fixing all the project contracts to those contractors. He was suspected of receiving 13 percent of commission fee from total SEA Games athletes dormitory project that worth 200 billion rupiah (about 23 million U.S. dollars)
Source: Xinhua

Democratic Party fires fugitive lawmaker Nazaruddin

THE Democratic Party said on Monday that it revoked the party membership of fugitive lawmaker Muhammad Nazaruddin, the party member at the centre of a series of corruption scandals that has taken the country’s largest party into its worst crisis.

‘Yes, without a doubt, he is fired,’ Amir Syamsuddin, a member of the party’s ethics council, told The Jakarta Post.

Analysts, however, doubt whether the move to fire the rogue politician would salvage the party’s already tarnished image.

The party has officially issued a third warning letter to Nazaruddin asking him to answer the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) summons over his alleged role in a bribery case linked to a construction project for the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Palembang, South Sumatra.

Nazaruddin fled to Singapore a day before the antigraft body named him as a suspect in the case, which he said also implicated other party elites, including party chairman Anas Urbaningrum. His allegations raised the ire of other party members and forced President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the party’s chief patron, to clarify to the public on the scandals.

‘He defied the law. He has disregarded the party’s commitment to uphold the law,’ the party’s deputy secretary-general, Saan Mustofa, told the Jakarta Post over the phone.

Law Enforcers Sign Whistle-Blower Protection Agreement

Jakarta Globe, UlmaHaryanto, July 19, 2011


Agus Condro, the whistleblower in the Miranda Goeltom Bank Indonesia
bribery scandal. (JG Photo/Safir Makki)  
   
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Topofficials from Indonesian law enforcement institutions gathered at the AryadutaHotel in Central Jakarta on Tuesday to sign an agreement granting protection towhistle-blowers as an integral part in the fight against crime.
“Thisagreement is a joint commitment of law enforcement institutions to provideprotection to whistle-blowers as justice collaborators,” said Abdul Haris,chairman of the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK).
He wasjoined at the signing by Supreme Court Chief Justice Harifin A. Tumpa, JudicialMafia Eradication Work Unit chief Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Coordinating Ministerfor Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto, National Police ChiefTimur Pradopo, Justice and Human Rights minister Patrialis Akbar, AttorneyGeneral Basrief Arief, and Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairmanBusyro Muqoddas.
Protectionfor whistle-blowers, Haris said, was important in revealing corruption andother serious or organized crimes.
JudicialMafia Eradication Task Force secretary Denny Indrayana added that his team,together with the LPSK, had pushed for a revision of the 2006 Law on Witnessand Victim Protection.
“Throughthe joint agreement and international seminar we hope to have helped lawenforcement officials understand the issues and speed up the revisionprocess,” Denny said.
It isunclear if the new agreement would affect the sentencing of the whistle-blowerin the Miranda Goeltom Bank Indonesia bribery scandal.
The man whowent public with the case, Agus Condro Prayitno, a former lawmaker from theIndonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), is serving a 15-month jailsentence for accepting a bribe in exchange for voting for Miranda as a BankIndonesia deputy governor in 2004.

KPK, Surabaya administration promote anti-graft mentality through Integrity Fair

InaParlina, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sat, 07/16/2011

TheCorruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Surabaya municipality organizedthe latest Integrity Fair as a means of promoting anti-corruption behavior.
The two-dayevent titled “Creating Integrity in Surabaya” held at Taman Surya, City Hall,opened today.
“We hopethe event can promote the importance of integrity and challenge officials toimprove the quality of public service,” KPK deputy chief Bibit Samad Riantosaid Saturday.
The eventalso offers anti-corruption games for children to reinforce values at an earlyage.
“It isimportant to raise awareness and understanding of not tolerating corruptionfrom an early age,” said Bibit. “We can teach them integrity from children’s’games and stories.”
TheIntegrity Fair is a part of the KPK’s 2011 corruption prevention program. Asimilar event is currently being held in Bandung, West Java, after also beingheld in Palembang, South Sumatra and Makassar, South Sulawesi.

Graft convict Misbakhun rumored to be wandering outside prison

A report was circulated Wednesday on Twitter that notorious graft convict Muhammad Misbakhun, who is supposed to be in police detention, was seen hanging out in a Jakarta shopping mall.

An account under the name of @antonirizal77 tweeted at about 3 p.m. on Wednesday, “Misbakhun wandered around at 14:35, when he should be in the detention center of the [police’s] criminal investigation unit. He’s at Riceball PlazIND.”

@antonirizal77 was referring to the Rice Bowl restaurant at Plaza Indonesia shopping mall in Central Jakarta. He attached a photo on the tweet, depicting a person whom he said was Misbakhun chatting with a woman.
The tweet soon received many responses.

@antonirizal77 later confirmed that Misbakhun was no longer being held at the National Police’s criminal investigation unit but had been moved to the police detention center in Salemba, Central Jakarta.

Misbakhun, a former lawmaker for the Prosperous Justice Party, was convicted for using a fictitious mortgage letter to obtain credit from the ill-fated Bank Century and was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.

He is now waiting for the Supreme Court’s ruling on his appeal.

KPK freezes bank accounts belonging to Nazaruddin

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) says it has frozen some bank accounts belonging to graft fugitive M. Nazaruddin, because he is a suspect in an alleged bribery case linked to the construction of an athletes’ dormitory for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games in Palembang, South Sumatra.
“We froze several bank accounts [of Nazaruddin’s] a few days ago,” KPK spokesman Johan Budi said on Tuesday.
Johan did not mention the number of the accounts closed or how much money they contained.
According to him, besides Nazaruddin’s accounts, the KPK also froze accounts owned by other suspects implicated in the case, including Youth and Sports Affairs Ministry secretary Wafid Muharam, PT Anak Negeri marketing director Mindo Rosalina Manulang and PT Duta Graha Indah marketing manager Mohamad El Idris.
Johan said his commission was still tracking down the suspects’ assets.
He refused to confirm whether Nazaruddin had assets abroad.
“I can not mention details since our investigators are still working,” he said.
The KPK previously received a report from the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) that showed dubious transactions connected to the case.
The PPATK said last week that it had identified 109 suspicious financial transactions made by Nazaruddin and his company.

Indonesian President slams bribery allegations

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called the bribery allegations against his Democrat Party “an unhealthy political development”.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, chairman of the Democratic Party Advisory Board, said:” We are concerned there is a movement to convince the younger generation that Democratic Party cadres and those close to me are above the law.”
Allegations of corruption within the Democrat Party began with its former Treasurer, Muhammad Nazarudin.
He’s accused of accepting bribes, worth almost US$3 million, in a case related to the construction of facilities for the Southeast Asian Games in November.
Nazarudin fled the country, just before the anti-corruption agency could issue him with a travel ban.

While on the run, he made a series of corruption allegations against the party’s chairman and other senior officials.
The Indonesian President said the accusations are lies.
President Yudhoyono said: “This country is based on law. Everything is transparent.
“Please check to see if the allegations are true. This is important so that our country does not become a place for smearing and lies.”

Nazarudin is still on the run and his whereabouts are unknown.
President Yudhoyono denied rumours that his Democratic Party was planning to hold a Special Congress in a bid to replace party’s chairman, who has close ties to Muhammad Nazarudin.

Instead the party is scheduled to hold a national coordination meeting at the end of this month and likely to take disciplinary actions against members who involved in corruption.”

PPATK identifies 109 suspicious transactions by Nazaruddin

The Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK) said it had identified 109 suspicious financial transactions made by fugitive graft suspect M. Nazaruddin and his company.

PPATK regulation unit head Fithriadi Muslim told news portal tempointeraktif.com on Saturday that the transactions were made through bank accounts owned by either Nazaruddin or his company.

“The transactions by his company were worth more than Rp 100 billion [US$11.7 million] and the individual transactions had a total value of Rp 50 billion,” he said.

He added that the PPATK obtained the transaction data from a bank that was alerted to transactions made by Nazaruddin. Fithriadi refused to disclose which bank.

“According to the money laundering law we are not allowed to identify the bank,” he said.

Fithriadi added that the PPATK had reported six of the transactions to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

He said the PPATK would continue to analyze transactions made by Nazaruddin, who is a suspect in a graft scandal surrounding a Southeast Asian (SEA) Games construction project.