JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Ex-Commissioner of Lippo Group, Eddy Sindoro, finally sent himself to Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (CEC) on Friday (12/10) evening, after 2 years escaping.
CEC’s chairman Agus Rahardjo said on Oct. 4, that former president of Lippo Group had been recorded in the list of international fugitive or red notice by International Police (Interpol). The registration of his name on the red notice would help the the anti graft‘s investigators to arrest the suspect for alleged bribery case involving registrar of Central Jakarta Court District.
“Interpol has issued the red notice [against Sindoro],” he said in Jakarta on Oct. 03.
Finished the inspection at around 8.40 p.m. local time, Sindoro hugged people that seemed to be his family. Then he walked to the anti-graft agency building’s lobby, already wore orange-corruption convict-vest outside his dark-colored shirt
“It’s been a long time (since I left). Here now. (I) have to be ready to undergo the legal process I must faced,” Sindoro told media at the anti-graft office.
During his escape, he admitted kept moving from one country to another. From Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, to Singapore. Singapore’s authority also contribute to Sindoro’s returning process.
Sindoro was assigned as suspect on December 23rd, 2016, for alleged bribery case in Central Jakarta State Court.
The bribery was aimed to smooth Across Asia Ltd., againts PT First Media Tbk (IDX: KBLV) case review submission process that has passed the deadine. Sindoro asked for Secretary of Supreme Court, Nurhadi’s help. Then, Nurhadi ordered Registrar Secretary of Central Jakarta State Court, Edy Nasution to receive the past due-case review submission.
Earlier, the deputy chairman Saut Situmorang, said the anti graft body started to hunt Sindoro again after naming Lucas, a lawyer, as the suspect for obstructing the investigation process. The body accused Lucas of backing Sindoro to go abroad even after being deported by the Malaysian government on August 29.
The former Lippo Group‘s boss was the only suspect that had not answered CEC summons to the court. The agency had previously named two suspects, Central Jakarta Court District registrar or secretary Nasution and Sumpeno.
The search for Sindoro is reemerged after CEC named his lawyer Lucas as a suspect for hampering the investigation. The agency accused Lucas as helping Sindoro to escape into outside Indonesia after he was deported by Malaysian government on August 29, 2018.
Situmorang was reluctant to mention the whereabout of Sindoro after the deportation. He only said that Sindoro that has been named as suspect since Dec. 23, 2016 is still in the South East Asian regions.
Despite that, the former State Intelligence Agency officer said that CEC has not cooperate officially with immigration authority of Malaysia and Singapore. “Because is not an institution that handle the corruption, we has not have intensive cooperation,” he said.
Sindoro is not the only suspect bringing to the court by CEC. Previously, the body has concluded the legal process against two suspects in the red handed operation in Acacia Hotel on April 20,2016.
In their ruling, the presiding judges deemed that both of them were proven guilty in giving and receiving bribery related to a numbers of cases faced by the subsidiary of Lippo Group in Central Jakarta Court and Supreme Court.
Sindoro is allegedly also the inisiator of the bribery to Nasution through Sumpeno. He allegedly also bribed former Secretary of Supreme Court Nurhadi Abdurahman.
Although the case was almost clear, CEC failed to arrest Sindoro because he had escaped to overseas a couple of days after red handed operation against him and S. The CEC’s Spokesman Febri Diansyah said that the anti graft body asked Sindoro to surrender. He claimed that the suspect cooperation will be considered in CEC’s persecution.
Diansyah also said that CEC’s investigator has evidence on Lucas role in hampering the legal procces against Sindoro. According to him, Sindoro should return back to Indonesia and be examined. “Article 21 of the Corruption Law has been met,” adds by Diansyah.
Lucas denied the allegation against him. He claimed that he never communicated with Sindoro. He also deemed that there is no evidence that he know Sindoro’s whereabout in Malaysia and helped him return to Indonesia.
Lucas said that he will take all legal proccess to fight against the naming of him as suspect and the detention of him. “I do not know and until now, CEC does not show me the evidence that I did such kind of things,” said Lucas.
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