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Djoko Tjandra named suspect for allegedly bribing prosecutor

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Jakarta Post - August 27, 2020

Jakarta – The cycle of graft surrounding Bank Bali corruption convict Djoko Tjandra continues to spin with the Attorney General's Office (AGO) naming him a suspect on Thursday for allegedly bribing prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari.

"The investigators have named another person a suspect, who is identified as JST," Supreme Court spokesman Hari Setiyono said as quoted by Kompas.com.

Pinangki was arrested on Aug. 12 for allegedly accepting US$500,000 in bribes. The AGO supervisory unit previously stated that Pinangki had committed an ethics violation by going on nine trips abroad in 2019 without permission. She is suspected of having meet with Djoko, a fugitive at the time, during the trips.

Djoko was convicted in 2009 for his role in the 1998 Bank Bali corruption case. The Supreme Court sentenced him to two years in prison and ordered him to pay Rp 546 billion (US$37.19 million) in restitution. However, he fled the country a day before his conviction and remained at large for more than a decade.

The AGO investigators questioned Djoko in his capacity as a witness on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hari also suspected that Djoko bribed the prosecutor to stop the latter from requesting a non-legal binding opinion from the Supreme Court.

Investigators are continuing to investigate the roles of each suspect regarding the non-legal binding opinion request.

"We are still investigating if the bribe was given directly or through other forms," Hari said.

Previously, Djoko admitted to paying off Brig. Gen. Prasetyo Utomo and Insp. Gen. Napoleon Bonaparte.

The two police generals have admitted to accepting bribes in exchange for helping Djoko evade capture.

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/08/27/djoko-tjandra-named-suspect-for-allegedly-bribing-prosecutor.html

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