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Lap of luxury: Indonesian jailers busted over fancy cells

Yahoo – AFP, 23 July 2018

Outside authorities found several cells that featured modern bathrooms with hot
showers, full-sized refrigerators, coffee makers, microwave ovens and stereo loudspeakers

Inmates at an Indonesian prison paid for luxury cells equipped with air conditioning, flat-screen TVs and private washrooms, anti-graft officials said, in the graft-riddled country's latest corruption scandal.

Jail staff allegedly took bribes of 200-500 million rupiah ($14,000-$35,000) from inmates to renovate cells and supply banned mobile phones or even let them temporarily leave prison, Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said.

Anti-graft agents arrested five people connected to the scandal at Sukamiskin prison, including inmates and the warden who got cash and a pair of vehicles to look the other way, it added.

A raid on Sunday turned up several cells that featured modern bathrooms with hot showers, full-sized refrigerators, coffee makers, microwave ovens and stereo loudspeakers, the KPK said.

"We apologise to the Indonesian people," Sri Puguh Budi Utami, the director general of Indonesia's prisons, told reporters late Sunday.

"We're very sorry that we still have not been able to maximise our monitoring systems."

A former tax official now serving time at Sukamiskin was once photographed watching a tennis tournament in Bali and had even travelled overseas on a fake passport when he was supposed to be in another jail.

Jail staff allegedly took bribes of 200-500 million rupiah ($14,000-$35,000) from
 inmates to renovate cells and supply banned mobile phones or even let them 
temporarily leave prison

The prison's other inmates include a former chief justice and ex-house speaker Setya Novanto, who was convicted in April of taking millions of dollars in kickbacks and bribes linked to the national roll-out of government ID cards.

They were not among the inmates or prison staff arrested Sunday.

Indonesian prisons are more commonly known for their poor conditions and outbreaks of violence.

But it is an open secret that the rich and powerful can buy luxury on the inside, prompting the government to warn last year that it would jail guards or other staff caught taking bribes from inmates in exchange for special treatment.

In one of the highest-profile cases, a businesswoman imprisoned for bribery had a cell with a spring mattress, couch, refrigerator, television and air conditioning -- and adjoining karaoke room.

Setya Novanto Hospitalized After Car Crash Amid Arrest Warrant in e-KTP Case

JakartaGlobe, Telly Nathalia, November 16, 2017

House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto has been hospitalized following
 a solo car crash on Thursday night (16/11), mere hours after making his first public
statement regarding a warrant for his arrest in the e-KTP corruption case. (Antara Photo/
Sigid Kurniawan)

Jakarta. House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto has been hospitalized following a solo car crash on Thursday night (16/11), mere hours after making his first public statement regarding a warrant for his arrest in the so-called e-KTP corruption case.

Novanto has repeatedly failed to show up for questioning by antigraft investigators as a suspect in the case involving massive graft in the procurement of electronic national identity cards, or e-KTP. The project was mothballed in October 2015 following a series of problems, including a late start, technical glitches and officials demanding payments from residents to provide the ostensibly free service.

Novanto's lawyer Fredrich Yunadi confirmed that his client was admitted to Permata Hijau Hospital in South Jakarta. He said Novanto was unconscious and that he suffered from high blood pressure, in addition to a pre-existing heart condition.

"I received a call to meet him at the Metro TV studios. On my way [to Metro TV], his aide informed me that they had just been involved in an accident ... he [Novanto] was injured and immediately lost consciousness," Fredrich said.

The lawyer explained that Novanto intended to comply with a summons by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prior to the accident, but that this unfortunately prevented his client from doing so.

Fredrich said four internists are observing Novanto due to his "serious" medical condition, which will require his client undergoing a computed tomography, or MRI, test.

A few hours before the accident, Metro TV conducted a telephonic interview with the Golkar Party chairman, who denied allegations that he was trying to avoid questioning in the case.

"I have to respect the legal process I am facing now, and I always respect the process. I never fail [to comply with KPK summonses], because each of the three times I was summoned as a witness in the case against Anang, I submitted written statements. Today is my fourth summons," Novanto said, referring to Anang Sudihardjo, president director of Quadra Solution, one of the companies in a consortium that won a contract to procure the national identity cards for the government.

"This is my first summons as a suspect. I am surprised, because just after the first summons, while I was studying the legal matters for today, there was a plan to arrest me," he continued.

In early November, the KPK named Novanto a suspect in the case for a second time, based on allegations that he siphoned off Rp 574 billion ($42 million) from the Rp 5.9 trillion e-KTP project, which resulted in Rp 2.3 trillion in state losses.

"I never received money; it can be checked with the BPK [State Audit Agency] or the BPKP [State Finance and Development Surveillance Committee]," Novanto stressed.

He explained that he filed for a judicial review by the Constitutional Court of the 2002 Law on the KPK, including an article that allows the antigraft agency to question a suspect by disregarding procedures stipulated in other laws. Another article allows the KPK to request the immigration office to impose a travel ban on a graft suspect.

"I also took up legal protection measures with the president and other state agencies," he said, admitting that he reported KPK commissioners Agus Rahardjo and Saut Situmorang to the police for abuse of authority and using false documents to bar him from leaving the country.

Novanto's whereabouts were unknown when antigraft investigators showed up at his house in South Jakarta on Wednesday night. This prompted the KPK to warn the politician that he would be declared a fugitive from justice if he did not surrender himself to investigators.

Police said on Wednesday that they would assist the KPK in apprehending Novanto if requested to do so.

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Indonesian President Pledges Police Reform

Jakarta Globe, August 31, 2010         

Jakarta. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono promised on Tuesday to replace Indonesia's much-maligned chiefs of police and prosecutors but denied the reshuffle was linked to corruption and incompetence.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in this file photo,
 pledged on Tuesday to replace the chiefs of police and
 prosecutors but denied that the moves were political.
 (Bloomberg Photo/Ian Waldie)          
     
His comments to cabinet ministers came as businessman Anggodo Widjojo was sentenced to four years in jail for attempting to bribe anti-graft investigators with the alleged backing of top police and prosecutors.

The case shocked the nation when it broke last year but it was far from an isolated incident, with reports of alleged judicial graft and misconduct filling the pages of the newspapers on a daily basis.

Yudhoyono said the law enforcement agencies needed to be professional and "fair", and called for any official found to be involved in wrongdoing to be punished.

"If any police members or prosecutors are involved in any violations, measures should be taken against them according to the law with transparency and high accountability," he said.

National police chief General Bambang Hendarso Danuri and Attorney General Hendarman Supandji would be replaced along with the head of the armed forces as part of a scheduled reshuffle, he said.

"These officials will end their terms in line with the existing law," he said, adding that he was "not pleased" by suggestions the changes were political.

The reshuffle is expected to take place in October and speculation is mounting about who will take over the embattled institutions.

Yudhoyono has won two elections on the back of promises to stamp out chronic corruption but his reform efforts have stalled amid opposition from vested interests including lawmakers and police.

Agence France-Presse

Confirmed: Police lied, recording never existed

Bagus BT Saragih, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 08/12/2010 9:26 AM

Police have retracted a previous claim to have wiretapped phone conversations between a KPK official and a case broker, after having promised to present the alleged recordings to the Corruption Court.

National Police chief detective Comr. Gen. Ito Sumardi said Wednesday the police did not have wiretapped conversations between Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy Ade Rahardja and suspected case broker Ary Muladi.

“What we have is not a tape. It is only the [call detail records],” Ito said.

The call detail records contain information on call traffic and the duration of calls made.

Previously National Police chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri had repeatedly claimed the police had wiretapped recordings, which would have formed strong evidence to back up police and Attoney General’s Office (AGO) allegations that KPK leaders had attempted to extort money from businessman Anggodo Widjojo.

Activists had repeatedly voiced suspicions that the tapes did not exist after the police had three times disobeyed the court’s order to present them in the graft trial of Anggodo.

Two weeks ago, Anggodo’s lawyers requested the judges order the police to present the recordings.

Anggodo’s side believed the police had the tapes, which they thought could prove the KPK had attempted to extort money from him.

Ito’s statement explains why police had failed to present the tapes. However, the CDR would be presented to the court, he said.

“We will submit it [Wednesday],” he said.

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) denied any responsibility for the mistake.

“Neither the tape nor transcripts [of conversations] are with us,” AGO spokesman Babul Khoir Harahap said.

This statement, however, contradicted that of Attorney General Hendarman Supandji in November, before members of House of Representatives’ Commission III overseeing law and human rights.

“We have evidence that Ary Muladi visited the KPK office six times, and made 64 phone calls to Ade Rahardja,” Hendarman said.

Babul said Hendarman’s statement was based on the police case files in last year’s attempted prosecution of KPK deputies Bibit Samad Rianto and Chandra M. Hamzah.

The dossiers cite visits and phone calls among evidence.

Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) researcher Febri Diansyah said Ito’s admission reinforced allegations that the police had fabricated the bribery accusations levelled against Bibit and Chandra.

“We urge Attorney General Hendarman Supandji and National Police chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri to take responsibility for this mistake.

“The two must resign from their posts because, as high-level state officials, it’s very inappropriate to lie to the court,” Febri said.

At the beginning of the investigation into this case, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Johan Budi said the KPK’s internal supervision department had checked calls made by Ade already.

“We did not find any call data records for conversations allegedly involving Ade Rahardja and Ary Muladi.

“But, it is possible that our CDR is different to the police’s,” Johan said.

Both Ade and Ari had denied knowing each other.

“When the National Police said the recording of wiretapped conversations existed, we were also interested to hear them played back in court as demanded by judges, to reveal the truth,” Johan said. (gzl/lnd)


National Police Chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri, right. Bambang failed to attend a ceremony at Police National headquarters on Friday amid confusion as to his whereabouts. (Antara Photo/Widodo S)


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Andi admits bribing police general in Gayus case

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Wed, 08/11/2010 10:16 AM

JAKARTA: Businessman Andi Kosasih told a court Tuesday that he had bribed a top police detective in connection with the corruption case of former junior tax official Gayus Tambunan.

Andi said he gave US$10,500 in cash to Brig. Gen. Edmon Ilyas, then chief detective of the National Police’s special crimes unit, through a middleman, police detective Adj. Comr. Sri Sumartini.

“The money came from Gayus. He gave it to me at the Ritz-Carlton in Jakarta,” Andi said at Sumartini’s graft trial at the South Jakarta District Court.

Andi said he gave the money to Sumartini at the Kemang Hotel.

Sumartini admitted that she gave the money to Edmon, who was then her superior. “I received the money on the orders of my boss,” she said.

Edmon and his successor, Brig. Gen. Raja Erizman, have been repeatedly implicated by other defendants in Gayus’ ever-expanding judicial corruption case, but not charged with wrongdoing by prosecutors or the police ethics committee. — JP

Controversial General Susno Duadji Arrested

Jakarta Globe, Farouk Arnaz, May 10, 2010

Comr. Gen. Susno Duadji has just been arrested at Police National Headquarters. (Antara Photo)

The nation’s former chief detective, Comr. Gen. Susno Duadji, was arrested at Police National Headquarters on Monday for alleged corruption and taken into custody.

Fearing arrest, Susno failed to appear on Thursday for questioning in relation to corruption allegations, a day after he was implicated in the scandal involving former tax official Gayus Tambunan.

He said he did not trust the National Police and wanted to be questioned by an independent team from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and Attorney General’s Office.

On Sunday, A middle-ranking police officer alleged that he observed Susno taking a Rp 500 million ($55,000) bribe from suspected case broker Sjahril Djohan in December 2008 in relation to a fish farm.

M. Assegaf, one of Susno’s lawyers, confirmed that his client had been taken into custody but that he did not know all the details.

He said the legal team believed the arrests were “improper, irrelevant and we think that our client has been trapped.”

“I don’t know the reason why police named our client as a suspect,” he added.

Susno, once on of the nation’s more despised officials because of his alleged role in a conspiracy to bring down the respected KPK, more recently implicated a number of senior police officers — as well as Gayus — in corruption.

Critics say that Susno’s legal troubles relate to his allegations against police, which is perceived as one of Indonesia’s most corrupt institutions and has undertaken few reforms.

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Police Promise to Probe Officer’s Rp 95b Account

Jakarta Globe, May 02, 2010

Police have vowed to launch an investigation into one of their own after an antigraft watchdog claimed a senior officer had bank accounts containing more than Rp 95 billion ($10.55 million).

“We’ll probe the accounts to see if there’s any truth to the allegations,” Insp. Gen. Edward Aritonang, a spokesman for the National Police, said on Sunday. “If they prove true, then we won’t hesitate to conduct an internal inquiry or even charge the person in question.”

Despite the strong words, however, Aritonang said the police did not yet know who the watchdog, Indonesia Corruption Watch, was referring to.

ICW has alleged that two shady accounts belonging to a two-star police general currently serving at National Police headquarters contained a total of more than Rp 95 billion. The organization, however, will not divulge the general’s name before submitting its report to the presidentially appointed Judicial Mafia Eradication Task Force this week.

“From 2005 to 2008, this general received payments from individuals and private companies,” said Tama S Langkun, an ICW researcher. “We hope the task force can order the PPATK [ Financial Transaction Reports Analysis Center] to trace the transactions back to their sources.”

PPATK chairman Yunus Hussein is also a member of the task force.

“If the money was obtained legally, there should be no problem,” Tama said. “However, as a law enforcer, the general must disclose his wealth and be held responsible should the task force find indications of money laundering, gratuities or even bribes.”

Task force officials could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

Bambang Widodo Umar, a legal analyst at the University of Indonesia, criticized the National Police for its “soft stance” against corruption within the force.

“The PPATK automatically reports any suspicious transactions to the police, so you have to wonder why the police never picked up on this,” he said.

In 2005, the PPATK reported that 15 high-ranking officers had suspicious bank accounts with money that could be traced to illegal logging, counterfeit money and gambling cases being investigated by police.

The National Police, which was helmed at the time by Gen. (ret.) Sutanto, who is now head of the State Intelligence Agency (BIN), claimed “there is no evidence of money-laundering or bribery” linked to the accounts of the 15 officers. Nivell Rayda

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Police reveal tax embezzlements in Surabaya

The Jakarta Post, Surabaya | Sun, 04/18/2010 5:36 PM

Surabaya Police have revealed possible tax embezzlements, which is worth a total of Rp 300 billion [US$33 million].

Detective unit chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Anom Wibowo said Sunday that at least 10 people involved in the case. He predicted that the fraud syndicate had embezzled 350 of tax papers.

The ten suspects are Fatchan, 45, Iwan Rosyidi, 28, Mochamad Mutarozikin, 33, Gatot Budi Sambodo, 42, Herlius Widhia Kembara, 26, Totok Suratman , 37, Moch. Soni, 35, Siswanto, 35, Enang Yahyo Untoro, 38, and Suhertanto, 33, kompas.com reported.

The case came to light in late March after taxpayer David Sentono, director of Putra Mapan Sentosa, received a warning letter for tax evasion. David made a report to the police because he had hired tax consultant Agustri Junaedi to handle the matter.

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Police Extortion Leads Family to Goat Shed

Jakarta Globe, Nivell Rayda, April 11, 2010

One of Darmi's six children sitting in the tiny goat shed the family calls home after selling their house, allegedly too pay bribes to a West Java police officer after her husband was arrested for murder. (JG Photo/Nivell Rayda)

Indramayu, West Java. Darmi is no Gayus Tambunan, whose case is gripping the nation and opens the door to bring corrupt officials to justice, but she is a living symbol of just how powerful and heartless the so-called judicial mafia can be.

For the past month Darmi, 35, and her six children — from 18 months to 13 years of age — have been living in a 1.5-by-2-meter goat shed and surviving on the generosity of their neighbors after a rogue police officer allegedly extorted money from her in exchange for dropping murder charges against her husband, Kadana, 40.

“My husband was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He passed a rice field one afternoon and discovered that its owner had been brutally murdered,” Darmi told the Jakarta Globe. “The victim’s family saw my husband at the scene and reported him to the police.”

She said the incident led to a series of shakedowns by Adj. Insp. Nana Sudana, a young police officer assigned to the Indramayu precinct.

“My friend [at the police station] is ready to beat your husband up,” Darmi said Nana told her. The officer “promised to keep my husband from being beaten up if I provided Rp 6 million.”

But the officer did not stop there, she said.

“The following week he contacted us again, this time asking for Rp 3 million more for the prosecutors’ office,” Darmi said, adding that eventually she paid more than Rp 14.3 million ($1,590) in bribes.

Kadana’s brother Chasnawi, 50, said that just to visit Kadana in the Indramayu penitentiary where he was detained, the family had to pay at least Rp 150,000 per visit. “If I didn’t do that, I could forget about seeing my brother,” he told the Globe.

For a farmer’s wife like Darmi, the amount she had to pay in bribes was devastatingly high. She said she had to sell her house, a simple four-by-five-meter wooden structure on 50 square meters of land, for only Rp 10 million, along with every thing else she had, in a desperate effort to cope with the officer’s demands.

The house, made from tree bark and used lumber, was covered in woven bamboo barely thick enough to protect the family from rain and the cold of the night. But it was a far cry from the goat shed she now occupies. Even for a goat, the condition of the shed is not ideal, she said.

During the day, Darmi and her family have to endure the scorching heat, while at night she struggles to keep them warm amid constant leaks. For several weeks they slept on a plastic mat, trying hard to ignore the smell of the goat that once occupied the shed, she said.

It was not until recently that her neighbors donated two mattresses for the family to sleep on.

All this they suffered in the belief that the murder case would go away. But on Tuesday, Kadana and his family were surprised when the Indramayu District Court found him guilty of murder and sentenced him to seven years in prison.

“Kadana was outraged,” Chasnawi said, after which the family decided to report to the Judicial Mafia Eradication Task Force.

On Thursday, the team transferred Kadana and invited his family to Jakarta. Task force secretary Denny Indrayana, who visited Darmi on Friday along with several officials from the National Police, said the team promised Kadana and his family protection and contacted the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK).

“The case serves as an example that poor people like Kadana are the true victims of the judicial mafia. Case brokers do not care if a person is rich or poor, they ruthlessly suck a person dry,” Denny said.

The head of the Indramayu precinct, Adj. Chief Comr. Nasri Wiharto, said the rogue officer had been arrested and was charged with violating Article 378 of the Criminal Code on extortion, which carries a maximum sentence of four years behind bars.

“We will conduct both an internal investigation over allegations of misconduct and a separate criminal investigation. We will ensure that whoever is involved will be punished,” Nasri said.

“We are still investigating all allegations against the suspect. Based on other reports, this is not the first time Nana has committed abuses of power and acts of extortion.”

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