JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (CEC) plans to verify Sjamsul Nursalim, the owner of liquidation lender PT Bank Dagang Negara Indonesia (BDNI) as a witness in Bank Indonesia Liquidity Assistance (BILA) case. The verification will be hold on next week, the spokesman said in Jakarta.
“We has coordinated with the authorities in Singapore and the local Indonesian Embassy on this planned,” said Febri Diansyah on Wednesday (03/10).
As we know, 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 on this case. 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 Sept. 24.
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 CEC Temenggung was 15 years in prison and a fine of Rp1 billion or a subsidiary of 6 months in prison.
According to Diansyah, CEC had sent a request letter to Nursalim’s house through the Singaporean authority. The anti graft body also asked him to be present on Oct. 8 and 9, 2018.
In the verdict hearing on Sept. 13, judge had convicted Temenggung guilty for issuing a letter in 2004 for Nursalim associated with BDNI case, freeing him from paying debt owed to the government. It damaged state of Rp4.58 trillion, according to CEC.
The prosecutors also found that Temenggung had allegedly cooperated with the tycoon and his wife, Itjih S. Nursalim, as well as then-coordinating economic minister and Financial System Stability Committee chairman Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti in the graft case.
Temenggung stated his defense of the prosecutor’s pledoi. He claimed he did not know Nursalim and had never met him. He added that it does not make sense the judge accused him for enrich Nursalim.
He also admitted that he or his family and even his company had never received money or gratuities related to the issuance of the full payment certificate.
“How could the prosecutor be able to conclude that Sjamsul Nursalim gained wealth with the issuance of the SKL if Sjamsul had never provided information,” said Temenggung.
Followed the decision, the CEC decided to call Nursalim as a witness. Diansyah said that this examination could be chance for both of parties defend themselves.
“This request for information can be a space for Sjamsul Nursalim to deliver clarification,” he said.
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