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

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