Category: Profiles

On Joker’s Case : Objections

A week ago the most awaited trial of the year finally started. The East Jakarta District Court began parallel examinations of three defendants for letter forgery and obstruction of justice related to efforts in assisting Joko Tjandra’s escape from punishment. The defendants are Joko Tjandra himself, advocate Anita Kolopaking, and Brigadier General (Pol) Prasetijo Utomo. During the hearings held on October 20, 2020, the defendants read their objections. It is not a surprise that they refuse to admit to the allegations. 

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On Joker’s Case: New Trials

The most awaited trial of the year has finally started. On October 13, 2020, the East Jakarta District Court conducted parallel examinations of three defendants for alleged letter forgery and obstruction of justice related to efforts in assisting Joko Tjandra’s escape from punishment. The defendants are Joko Tjandra, advocate Anita Kolopaking, and Brigadier General (Pol) Prasetijo Utomo.

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On Joker’s Case: Pre-Trial and Progress

Over a month ago POLRI announced new suspects in two different but related cases regarding Joko Tjandra’s attempt to avoid the law. The first inquisition is on the alleged forgery to help Joko Tjandra travel in and out of Indonesia. The second inquisition is on a case of corruption, as Joko Tjandra, with the help of several people, had allegedly paid for extra assistance. There are six suspects in the cases, apart from the suspect named in the case investigated by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO). Among the suspects is Inspector General (Pol) Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon filed for a pre-trial lawsuit a couple of weeks ago questioning his legal status. The trial started this week. Meanwhile, the inquisition process on the alleged forgery had been completed. The dockets were handed over to the East Jakarta Prosecutors’ Office. 

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AT Suharya passes away

Athanasius Tossin Suharya (Yo Tae Siang), popular as AT Suharya, has passed away on Saturday (Sep 19) at 77 years old in Singapore. AT Suharya is founder of Baramulti, one of major business groups in Indonesia with interest in coal industry. He leaves behind three children and seven grandchildren. 

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On Joker’s Case: Where Are We Now?

The September 12, 2020 edition of TEMPO Magazine published several investigative reports related to the examinations of bribery related to Joko Tjandra. TEMPO claims that it has the examination documents in the inquisition process for suspect Pinangki Sirna Malasari, who at the time of the incident is a Prosecutor at the Attorney General’s Office (AGO). The reports also conveyed some information regarding other suspects and various details of the plans made by the parties and those who are suspected of providing assistance to Joko, including conglomerate Surya Darmadi. Surya Darmadi is now listed as a fugitive and wanted by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). In general, the TEMPO report connects several missing links, but there are still many obscure questions. 

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The Chronicler of Meaning

The year 2020 has been a year of great loss. Yesterday, we learned that Jakob Oetama, the founder of Kompas Gramedia, had passed away. Newspaper outlet Kompas, and indeed Jakob Oetama’s role in its establishment, is an essential part of the history of this Republic.

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Jacob Oetama passes away

Jakob Oetama, founder and controlling owner of Kompas Gramedia Group, one of the largest media, property, and hospitality groups in the country, passed away in Jakarta Wednesday, September 9 at 88 years old. Started his career as high school teacher, Jacob eventually became one of the most influential figures in the media industry.

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On Joker’s Case: The AGO’s New Suspect and More Questions

Thanks to the case of corruption involving Joko Soegiarto Tjandra (colloquially known as Joker), the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has been very busy. We know that the case is being investigated separately by the National Police (POLRI) and the AGO. The POLRI named Joko as a suspect in the case and several other people, including its generals. In the AGO, Joko was named a suspect for allegedly bribing Prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari. The AGO recently announced a new suspect, one Andi Irfan Jaya, a cadre of NasDem. We have never heard of Andi Irfan before the case, but his background raises questions. The intermediary who supposedly paid the bribe for Joko had passed away earlier this year. He is reportedly Joko’s brother-in-law. 

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Management shakeup at BNI

The government as controlling shareholder has replaced the board of directors of state bank BNI (BBNI) Wednesday (Sep 2). Royke Tumilaar, who was CEO of state bank Mandiri (BMRI), has been appointed new CEO of BNI to replace Herry Sidharta. Herry was appointed CEO of BNI in February 2020.

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Domination of Bank Mandiri Alumni

Two vice ministers of state-owned enterprises, Budi Gunadi Sadikin and Kartika Wirjoatmodjo, are both former CEO of state bank Mandiri (BMRI). They are seen influential in the appointment of more alumni from Bank Mandiri as leaders of state-owned enterprises or their subsidiaries in the past few months.

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Bank Bukopin: What’s up? (10)

Extraordinary meeting of shareholders on Tuesday (Aug 25) approved the placement of 16.36 billion of new shares of Bank Bukopin (BBKP), previously controlled by Bosowa Group (owned by Aksa Mahmud, brother-in-law of former vice president Jusuf Kalla), to South Korean Kookmin Bank. The placement, if completed, will give Kookmin 67% ownership in Bukopin, which suffered liquidity issue for quite sometime. 

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