Blackgold's shareholder Johanes Kotjo hand-catch by Indonesia's Anti Graft on Power Plant Project in Indonesia - Photo : Privacy

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) — Blackgold Natural Resources Ltd., Johannes Kotjo was found guilty in the Riau-1 Power Plant bribery case, involving several government and state-owned enterprise officials. Corruption Court Judge Council on Thursday (12/13) sentenced him for 2 years and 8 months prison also Rp150 million (US$10,344.83) fine or three months prison.

The sentence is lower than prosecutors demand for four years prison and Rp250 million fine or six months prison.

“Johanes Budisutrisno Kotjo has been legally proven and convincingly found guilty of committing corruption as in the first alternative indictment,” judge stated in the court trial.

In the consideration, the judge mentioned that Kotjo has been added to the long list of House of Representatives members involved in corruption. The judge also noted that he acted polite and honestly in court.

Kotjo bribed Rp4.75 billion to House of Representatives Commission VII Deputy Chairwoman, Eni Maulani Saragih and former Social Minister Idrus Marham who was the former Acting-Chairman of Golongan Karya Party, to smooth Riau-1 project.

The money was used for several purposes, Rp4 billion to Golongan Karya party extraordinary national conference, Rp250 million for Saragih’s husband Temanggung Muhammad Al Khadziq’s campaign, and Rp500 million for Saragih’s settlement process.

In the pleading session on Dec. 3, Kotjo admitted that he gave the dirty money to Saragih and Marham. The case also involved an electricity state-owned firm PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) CEO Sofyan Basir. As it started when Kotjo asked ex-House of Representatives Chairman Setya Novanto to introduce him to PLN official. Novanto then brought Kotjo to the Saragih.

Saragih then asked Basir to meet Novanto, accompanied by PLN Strategic Procurement Director Supangkat Iwan Santoso. Novanto requested the Jawa III gas and steam power plant project to Basir, however, the project had already grabbed by another candidate. So Basir mentioned the Riau-1 project and asked for further coordination with Santoso.

The project’s commitment fees were given by Kotjo to several people, including $6 million to himself. Other than that, Kotjo provided $6 million each to Novanto and Kotjo’s friend Andreas Rinaldi, $3.1 million to Rickard Philip Cecile, $1 million each for President Director of PT Samantaka Batubara Rudy Herlambang, Director of PT Samantaka Batubara James Rijanto, and Blackgold Natural Resources Chairman Intekhab Khan, and other related parties for $875 thousands.

US$1: Rp14,500

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