Category: Law

On Tax Corruption Scandal: A New Trial

We began 2021 with a corruption case involving tax officials. The allegation was scandalous. Officials had allegedly transacted and helped three large companies avoid their tax obligations. One of said companies was owned by the notorious Haji Isam. After several months of speculation, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) announced the suspects, but nothing really interesting happened in the trial of suspect Angin Prayitno Aji. Later, the KPK named two new suspects; both were employees of the Directorate General of Taxation. The inquisition of the two suspects progressed rapidly. The details mentioned in the latest indictment is even more shocking than the predicate crime. One of the suspects allegedly laundered money with the help of his son.

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KPK’s Corporate Suspect: The Trial of PT Merial Esa

In 2016, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) successfully cooperated with the Supreme Court and ratified the Supreme Court Regulation (Perma) No. 3/2016 on the procedures for examining cases involving corporations. According to the Perma, companies involved in cases of corruption can be held accountable. In 2017 the KPK named the first corporation suspect and to date, seven companies have been named suspects. Nevertheless, the inquisition process is more difficult than expected. 

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Update on the Geostationary Orbit Scandal

Two weeks ago, the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD, stated that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had ordered an investigation into alleged violations of law in satellite management cooperation at the Ministry of Defense. The case supposedly cost the State around Rp800 billion. The last time we reported on the subject matter was in 2018, when the Government was sued by one of its partners on suspicion of default. But something bigger than just a breach of contract is brewing: allegations of corruption. The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) announced that it had commenced an investigation into the case a week before the press conference was held. The day after the announcement, the investigation escalated to the stage of inquisition. On Jan. 26, 2022, the AGO continued the examination and the witness they summoned caught our attention. 

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Extradition Treaty with Singapore and the Criminals

This week, the bilateral treaty that Indonesia and Singapore agreed on during the Leaders’ Retreat was spotlighted. One of the agreements between the two parties is regarding the extradition of criminals, which is said to provide a deterrent effect for perpetrators of crimes, especially in corruption cases. This agreement deserves appreciation, but we also know this is not the first time for such a treaty. The two countries had agreed on an extradition treaty in 2007, but the agreement could not take effect because a prolonged ratification process involving the House of Representatives hindered it. Now, can the latest extradition treaty come into force for both countries? Moreover, who are the perpetrators of crimes allegedly hiding in Singapore?

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On the Corruption in Probolinggo 

The KPK conducted a sting operation in Probolinggo and arrested dozens of parties, including Regent of Probolinggo, Puput Tantriana Sari, and her husband, in August 2021. The case eventually ensnared 22 suspects. The inquisition process was done very quickly. Puput and her husband face their trial this week. The other suspects have already been on trial.

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Demands for Azis Syamsuddin

The disgraced Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Azis Syamsuddin (Golkar) was named a suspect for his alleged involvement in the case brokering scandal in the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). In less than six months, his trial is reaching the finish line. On Jan. 24, 2022, the prosecutors read their demands and asked the Panel of Judges to declare Azis guilty as charged. 

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Peace for Sritex

Textile giant PT Sri Rejeki Isman Tbk (SRIL or Sritex) and its subsidiaries have had a tough year. After facing various lawsuits for Suspension of Debt Payment (PKPU), with threat of being delisted from the stock exchange and finally having to restructure its debts, on Jan, 21, 2022, the group was able to convince its creditors and resolved the dispute. 

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KPK Sting Operation: Surabaya District Court

On Jan, 19, 2022, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) conducted a sting operation at the Surabaya District Court. It has been a while since the last time the KPK arrested a judge. Judge Itong Isnaeni Hidayat, a registrar of the same court, and a legal counsel were arrested. On Jan. 21, 2022, the KPK named the three as suspects. Before being caught red-handed, Judge Itong already had a bad track record.

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KPK Sting Operation: North Sumatera, Again

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) ‘s third sting operation in 2022 tells us that people seldom learn. The operation ensnared the Regent of Langkat, Terbit Rencana Peranginangin (Golkar). Langkat is a regency in North Sumatera, and in our records, Terbit is the 16th regional head of North Sumatera embroiled in a corruption scandal in less than a decade.

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Update on the Battle against Perpetrators of Forest Fires 

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s effort to force the perpetrators of the 2019 forest fires to take responsibility for the fires that occurred in their concession areas continue to this day. Recently, the Ministry filed two lawsuits against two companies in two different district courts, one of which is PT Rafi Kamajaya Abadi (PT RKA), part of Terengganu-owned TDM Berhad.

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