Sjamsul Nursalim.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (CEC) officially declared tycoon Sjamsul Nursalim as a suspect in the alleged case of Bank Indonesia Liquidity Assistance Certificate also popular as a BLBI case, an official said in a written statement on Tuesday (05/28).

The determination was made after the agency deepened the case of former Head of the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA), Syafruddin Arsyad Temanggung. Temanggung has been sentenced 13 years in prison and a fine of Rp1 billion (US$69.44 million) for being found guilty of unilaterally write off 2004′ Nursalim debt in PT Bank Dagang Negara Indonesia (BDNI) without an official order from President Megawati Soekarnoputri.

Previously, the tycoon and his wife Itjih Nursalim were often absent from the CEC’ call to undergo a number of examinations as witnesses related to Temenggung’ case, which harm the country up to Rp4.8 trillion during the presidency of Soekarnoputri. Given the fugitive pretext, the corruption watchdog planned to conduct an examination through the in absentia procedure.

Currently the CEC, through its Asset Tracking unit, Management of Evidence and Confiscate, has traced Nursalim’ assets. Last January, the CEC has questioned 37 peoples who generally came from the elements of the IBRA, Financial System Stability Committee, and the private sector related to the case.

Previously, Nursalim filed a lawsuit against the Supreme Audit Board in the Tangerang District Court regarding the agency’ investigative audit of state losses in the issuance of the BLBI Certificate.

In his lawsuit, the owner of BDNI asked the court to accept and grant the claim for the whole. In addition, he also asked the court to state that the agency’ audit report in calculating state losses in BLBI cases was illegal, legally flawed and had no binding legal force.

Written by Daniel Deha, Email: daniel@theinsiderstories.com