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Commission to follow up ICW reports on irregularities in Pinangki's case

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

Jakarta – The Prosecutors Commission (KomJak) will look into reports of ethics violations allegedly conducted by three prosecutors who are handling a bribery and money laundering case implicating prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari in connection with graft convict Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra.

Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) filed a report of ethics violation to the commission against three prosecutors, identified as SA, WT and IP, on Thursday. The watchdog said it had found at least four irregularities in the handling of Pinangki's case.

Pinangki is accused of assisting Djoko during his time as a fugitive from law enforcers. She allegedly accepted US$500,000 from Djoko for conspiring to secure the Supreme Court's acquittal for him.

"We will study and delve into the substance of ICW's report as per the commission's standard," KomJak head Barita Simanjuntak said on Thursday

He added the commission would make a decision on the report during a meeting on Monday.

"If it concerns how they handle their case, we will question them and gather information in accordance with our authority."

Kurnia Ramadhana of ICW said the three prosecutors did not perform their job properly in investigating Pinangki's alleged crime, including by not digging into why Djoko trusted Pinangki regarding his acquittal.

Kurnia also claimed that the prosecutors did not follow up the statement of the Attorney General's Office's supervisory unit that Pinangki reportedly told her superiors about her meetings with Djoko.

Furthermore, ICW also said the prosecutors did not coordinate with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prior to handing over Pinangki's dossier to the Jakarta Corruption Court.

During the indictment hearing, prosecutors said that Pinangki offered an "action plan" to Djoko that would involve Attorney General ST Burhanuddin and former Supreme Court chief justice Hatta Ali in securing the convict's acquittal.

The Attorney General's Office had also found Pinangki guilty of an ethics violation for going to Singapore and Malaysia in 2019, reportedly to meet with Djoko while he was still at large.

Djoko spent more than a decade on the run after evading imprisonment in 2009. He was arrested in Malaysia and deported to Indonesia in late July. (mfp)

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/10/15/commission-to-follow-up-icw-reports-on-irregularities-in-pinangkis-case.html