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AGO names prosecutor Pinangki money laundering suspect in connection to Djoko Tjandra case

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

The Attorney General's Office (AGO) has named prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari a suspect of money laundering and bribery after she allegedly received money from graft convict Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra to help him secure a Supreme Court acquittal.

Investigation director for the AGO's junior attorney for special crimes, Febrie Adriansyah, said his team was currently tracing where the US$500,000 allegedly given to Pinangki had gone.

"We have searched two of her apartments," Febrie said on Tuesday.

The AGO also seized documents and Pinangki's luxury car during the search, he added.

According to the AGO, Djoko allegedly conspired with Pinangki to get the Supreme Court to acquit him and overturn the court's own decision from 2009 declaring him guilty for his involvement in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case.

"We are still investigating to find out more about their relationship," AGO spokesman Hari Setiyono said last week.

In June 2009, the Supreme Court sentenced Djoko to two years in prison and ordered him to pay Rp 546 billion ($37.26 million) in restitution, but he fled the country a day before his conviction and remained at large for more than a decade before finally being arrested in Malaysia and deported to Indonesia in late July this year.

Speaking separately on Friday, Supreme Court spokesperson Andi Samsan Nganro denied receiving a request for Djoko's acquittal from Pinangki.

"We have checked, but no request was made for an acquittal in relation to Djoko Tjandra's case," Andi said as quoted by kompas.com.

He further explained that prevailing regulations only allowed the Supreme Court to grant acquittals to institutions, not individuals.

Pinangki was arrested at her residence on Aug. 12. The AGO declared her guilty of an ethics violation for going on nine international trips to Singapore and Malaysia in 2019, reportedly to meet with Djoko, while he was still at large.

Both Djoko and Pinangki were charged under Article 5 of the Corruption Law, which carries a maximum punishment of five years' imprisonment and a fine of Rp 250 million. (vny)

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/09/01/ago-names-prosecutor-pinangki-money-laundering-suspect-in-connection-to-djoko-tjandra-case.html