Category: Law

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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Corruption in Jasindo: The End?

It has been over four years since the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) first announced its investigation into allegations of corruption involving State-owned insurance company PT Asuransi Jasa Indonesia (Jasindo). The lengthy process of investigation and inquisition has finally come to an end after the last two defendants in the case were found guilty this week. 

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KPK Sting Operation: East Kalimantan

Entering the third week of 2022, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has shocked the public thrice with sting operations. The latest two happened in less than a week’s time. Last week, the KPK arrested a dozen people in two separate locations in Jakarta and East Kalimantan. It later named the Regent of Penajam Paser Utara, Abdul Gafur Mas’ud (Democratic Party), a suspect of corruption. This week, the KPK arrested several people in North Sumatera, and named the Regent of Langkat, Terbit Rencana Perangin Angin (Golkar), a suspect. Let’s talk about East Kalimantan and its “tradition” of corruption.

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Update on the ASABRI Scandal: Verdict for Heru Hidayat 

The trials of the suspects involved in the PT Asuransi Sosial Angkatan Bersenjata Republik Indonesia (PT ASABRI) corruption scandal will be over soon. In contrast to the revelation of the case that seemed so extraordinary, the trials went along quietly. The matters examined in the trials were no longer of interest to the public, except when the Prosecutors decided they could indict one of the defendants, Heru Hidayat, with the death penalty. On Jan. 18, 2022, the Panel of Judges decided that Heru Hidayat is guilty, but the punishment given is zero prison term. What does it mean?

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Tan Paulin vs Herry Beng Koestanto

A hearing between minister of energy & mineral resources Arifin Tasrif and lawmakers at House Commission VII on Thursday (Jan 13) was heated by discussion about illegal miners. One lawmaker from Democratic Party, Muhammad Nasir (brother of Nazaruddin, former treasurer convicted in series of corruption cases), questioned Arifin why ‘coal queen’ Tan Paulin yet to be arrested.

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Corruption in Garuda Indonesia 

Earlier this week the Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN), Erick Thohir, approached the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) with a report on allegations of corruption in PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. The report mentions known allegations. The details of which were mentioned in the trial of Garuda Indonesia’s former President Director Emirsyah Satar. Recently, we learned that the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has been investigating since November 2021. The investigation is not limited to the allegations Minister Erick had reported.

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Revisiting the Geostationary Orbit Dispute

In a press conference held on Jan. 13, 2022, 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. This 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 now, something bigger than just a breach of contract is brewing: allegations of corruption.

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On the Case Brokering Scandal: The End?

The case brokering scandal in the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) revealed unpleasant details. Lili Siregar, the deputy chief of the KPK, was found guilty of violating the code of conduct, but the punishment given was not up to the public expectations. The trial of the main perpetrators began in September 2021, and only needed less than four months of examination before the Panel of Judges read their decision on Jan. 12, 2022.

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Mining Dispute in Bangka and the Djojohadikusumos

Shocking news came from Central Bangka in the province of Bangka Belitung Islands. A security post located within the tin Mining License Area (IUP) belonging to PT Mitra Stania Prima (PT MSP) was set on fire by the masses on Jan. 11, 2022. The company is known to be managed by Aryo Puspito Setyaki Djojohadikusumo, son of Hashim Djojohadikusumo (brother of Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto). We wonder what kind of problem is causing this situation.

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Update on Tax Corruption Scandal  

We begin 2021 with a new corruption case involving tax officials. The allegation was too scandalous because the officials had allegedly transacted and helped three large companies avoid their obligations. One of said companies was owned by the notorious Haji Isam and in addition, the officials in question are supposedly notorious. After several months of speculation, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) announced the suspects. Unfortunately, nothing really interesting happened during the court proceedings. This week, the prosecutors read their demands.

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Revisiting Emirsyah Satar Case: A New Chapter 

Corruption investigation in PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk began five years ago. The process was so slow that it raised question marks over the performance of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). The trial of the suspects, including Garuda Indonesia’s former President Director, Emirsyah Satar, produced a very disappointing verdict. Later, the Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN), Erick Thohir, approached the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) with a corruption report. However, the allegations reported are already in the KPK’s indictment tried by the KPK. Is there any other evidence that the KPK could not find before, that this case must be re-examined by the AGO? 

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