Category: Law

Tax Corruption: The Trial

Earlier this year, the public learned that tax officials had allegedly transacted and helped three large companies avoid their obligations. One of said companies was owned by the notorious Haji Isam. After several months of...

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Finally, Suspect Alex Noerdin

Over six years ago, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) began their investigation into then Governor of South Sumatera Alex Noerdin. He is also one of the key leaders of the Golkar Party. At the time, there was an allegation of corruption in the construction of the athlete dormitory. A couple of years later, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) questioned Alex Noerdin, also in his capacity as the governor of South Sumatera, related to the allegation of graft in the disbursement of the South Sumatera grant and social assistance fund. Apart from the two allegations, several other cases supposedly involve Alex, but nothing can ensnare Alex. Investigation after investigation passed, and Alex remained free until this week.

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No More Trouble at PGAS?

PT Perusahaan Gas Negara Tbk (Persero) (PGAS) announced several information disclosures to the IDX earlier this year. They are all related to the Company’s tax problems. In its announcement in February 2021, PGAS stated that it had lost in a dispute against the Directorate General of Taxation and must pay more than Rp3 trillion. It’s terrible news, for the Company is not in a good situation. No one wants to think of what could happen if PGAS is forced to pay the amount. We have not heard of further information since then, until this week. We learned that PGAS managed to win some of the disputes in the Reconsideration stage and, therefore, can save a lot. The Company is still waiting for decisions in several other disputes, but the Reconsideration victory is enough to provide positive feedback. 

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Case Broker in the KPK and Azis Syamsuddin

The case brokering scandal in the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) revealed unpleasant details. Several weeks ago, the main suspect denied the alleged involvement of Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Azis Syamsuddin. In the latest hearing, a witness pointed out details on Azis’s role and his supposedly close relationship with the defendant.

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On Corruption in Tanjungbalai 

The latest case brokering scandal in the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) entered a new chapter several months ago as the trial of the disgraced Mayor of Tanjungbalai, M Syahrial, started. In the hearing held this week, the Panel of Judges declared Syahrial guilty as charged, but this is not the end for Syahrial. A few weeks ago, he was named a suspect in a different case. 

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Taxation Journal: Tax Crimes 

Not long ago, the Tangerang District Court in Banten read its decision on a criminal case in the taxation sector. Tax crimes often occur. The creation and use of tax invoices that are “not based on actual transactions” (TBTS) or fake tax invoices is the most common type of crime. In Banten, the perpetrators were sentenced to imprisonment and fines of tens of billions, a much heavier sentence when compared to other punishments in corruption cases.

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Corruption in Hulu Sungai Utara

Towards the end of last week, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named three people as suspects in the case of bribery related to the procurement of goods and services in the Hulu Sungai Utara regency of South Kalimantan. The three suspects are:

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The lawsuit against Ahabe Niaga

PT Ahabe Niaga Selaras (PT ANS) was greeted by a PKPU lawsuit not long ago. Two of its creditors, Erwin Setia Budi Djaja and Anggreini Candra, filed lawsuit No. 30/Pdt.Sus-PKPU/2021/PN Niaga SMg. The Panel of Judges rejected said lawsuit this week.

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On the BLBI Scandal: The Tantular Brothers

The Satuan Tugas Penanganan Hak Tagih Negara (Satgas BLBI), a task force created to recover funds related to the 1997-1998 financial crisis, has been summoning Bank Indonesia Liquidity Assistance (BLBI) obligors. Last week, a document allegedly belonging to the Satgas detailing the obligations of the obligors was circulated. The document notes several obligors as priority. Although the Satgas has not confirmed the authenticity of the document, the names that caught our attention are the Tantular brothers: Hindarto and Anton.

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On the ASABRI Scandal: New Suspects 

The trial of the suspects involved in the PT Asuransi Sosial Angkatan Bersenjata Republik Indonesia (Persero) (familiarly known as PT ASABRI) corruption scandal is ongoing. After much speculation, on the evening of Sept. 14, 2021, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) named three new suspects, those whose names we mentioned even before the case was revealed to the public.

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On the BLBI Scandal: New Summons

Satuan Tugas Penanganan Hak Tagih Negara Dana Bantuan Likuiditas Bank Indonesia (Satgas BLBI), a task force created to recover funds related to the 1997-1998 financial crisis, has been summoning obligors in the past several weeks. This week, the Satgas published two announcements and publicly summoning 13 obligors, including members of the Bakrie clan. 

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