Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained Ferdy Yuman, the driver of former Supreme Court secretary Nurhadi, for obstruction of justice for allegedly hiding graft suspects.
The antigraft body suspects Ferdy, who has worked for Nurhadi's family since 2017, of playing a major role in hiding the former Supreme Court secretary and his son-in-law Rezky Herbiyono from investigators.
In December 2019, the KPK named Nurhadi a graft suspect for allegedly accepting bribes through Rezky in the form of nine checks and Rp 46 billion (US$3.2 million) in cash in connection with cases handled at the Supreme Court between 2011 and 2016.
The KPK put Nurhadi on the most-wanted list in February last year after he twice failed to answer the antigraft body's summons for questioning. Investigators only detained the two suspects in June.
At the time of the arrest, Ferdy was allegedly waiting in a car outside Nurhadi's house in Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta, to pick up the suspects as well as other family members.
"When our team approached the car, [Ferdy] immediately drove away at high speed and disappeared toward Senayan. Meanwhile, our investigators managed to apprehend Nurhadi and Rezky, who were still at the house," KPK acting deputy for enforcement Setyo Budiyanto said recently, as quoted by tempo.co.
He added that Ferdy also allegedly rented the house in February 2020 where Nurhadi and Rezky stayed in while on the run from KPK investigators. The KPK suspected Ferdy of making a rental agreement with the owner of the house in Kebayoran Lama and handed over the cash amounting Rp 490 million.
Following Nurhadi and Rezky's arrest in July, the KPK searched Ferdy's house in Wonocolo district, Surabaya, East Java. But Ferdy and his family were not cooperative during the procedure, Setyo said.
The antigraft body has charged Ferdy with violating Article 21 of the 2001 Corruption Law, which carries a maximum punishment of 12 years' imprisonment and Rp 600 million in fines.
Apart from Nurhadi and Rezky, the KPK has also named PT Multicon Indrajaya Terminal (MIT) director Hiendra Soenjoto a suspect in the case. Nurhadi allegedly accepted bribes in connection with three cases lodged with the Supreme Court, including a civil case filed by PT MIT against PT Kawasan Berikat Nusantara, a share dispute within PT MIT, as well as a cassation and case review pertaining to a land dispute.
The antigraft body also put Hiendra's name on the most-wanted list in February after he failed to answer the KPK's summons. Graft busters only managed to apprehend Hiendra in October. (syk)