Former Head of IBRA Syafruddin Arsjad Temenggung Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison - Photo: Privacy

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The Jakarta District Court for Corruption has sentenced  former Head of the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA) Syafruddin Arsyad Temenggung for 13 years in prison, said the judges. He was also required to pay a fine of Rp700 million (US$48,275.86) for a subsidiary of 3 months in prison.

“The defendant has been proven legally and convincingly guilty of committing a criminal act of corruption together,” the judge’s chief Yanto said in the Jakarta Corruption Court’s courtroom on Monday (24/09).

The judges added, the burdensome thing is that his actions are contrary to the government program which is incessantly eradicating corruption. In addition, Temenggung also did not acknowledge his actions and corruption was an extraordinary crime.

The sentence against Temenggung is lighter than his demands. Previously, the demand of the Prosecutor of the Corruption Eradication Commission (CEC) against Syafruddin was 15 years in prison and a fine of Rp1 billion or a subsidiary of 6 months in prison.

In the decision of the Panel of Judges, Temenggung proved to have contributed to the state’s loss of Rp4.58 trillion related to the issuance of Bank Indonesia Liquidity Assistance (BILA) Certificate for the controlling shareholder of PT Bank Dagang Negara Indonesia (BDNI) Sjamsul Nursalim.

Based on the facts of the trial, the loss arose because he removed one of BDNI’s assets which was surrendered by Nursalim to pay off the BILA debt, namely the receivables from farmers worth Rp4.8 trillion. The act caused the state to lose the right to collect the receivables.

Temenggung was also proven to have issued the Certificate of Completion even though Nursalim had not yet completed his obligation to misrepresent in displaying BDNI receivables to farmers, which would be submitted to IBRA. Prosecutors considered his actions to have enriched Nursalim through the issuance of the certificate.

Responding to the decision of the panel of judges, Temengung said he would appeal and would seek justice.

“This concerns of fairness to ourselves, and we have often consulted with our legal counsel on this matter, so I think that on this occasion I will not use it for consultation because we have often consulted. Your Honor, I was punished one day, we will fight the noble and we reject the noble and we ask our legal advisor team, right now, after this is finished we ask to immediately register for our appeal, “said Temenggung.

With the appeal, the verdict against Syafruddin has not been retained.

US$1: Rp14,500