Jakarta – Djoko Soegiharto Tjandra, a graft convict and former fugitive in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case, allegedly planned to bribe officials at the Supreme Court and the Attorney General's Office (AGO) to help him secure an acquittal in the case.
AGO spokesperson Hari Setiyono said the figure was estimated to be around US$10 million.
"Djoko, along with prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari and NasDem politician Andi Irfan Jaya, agreed to provide $10 million to be handed to some officials at the Supreme Court and the AGO for securing the acquittal," Hari said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.
The AGO had previously accused Pinangki of receiving a $500,000 bribe from Djoko to lobby the Supreme Court to overturn a 2009 verdict that found him guilty of involvement in the 1998 Bank Bali corruption case.
In a proposal named "action plan", Pinangki reportedly asked for $1 million from Djoko in exchange for the prosecutor's help with the case. Djoko reportedly accepted the offer and paid half of the sum as a down payment. Djoko later canceled the remaining payment after seeing that things had not gone as planned, according to the AGO.
Pinangki has been named a bribery and money laundering suspect by the AGO for allegedly using the $500,000 bribe to buy a luxury car and pay rent for two apartments in Jakarta, among other purchases.
Andi, the NasDem politician, was named a suspect for allegedly serving as a middleman between Pinangki and Djoko.
AGO prosecutors reportedly handed Pinangki's case file over to the Jakarta Corruption Court on Thursday.
The AGO previously declared Pinangki 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 at large.
Djoko fled the country in June 2009, a day before the Supreme Court sentenced him to two years in prison and ordered him to pay Rp 546 billion ($37 million) in restitution for his role in the corruption case. He spent more than a decade on the run before being arrested in Malaysia and deported to Indonesia in late July of this year. (vny)