Former Democrat Bupati Sentenced Five Years for Corruption

This is an interesting case.  I don’t know the details but my working theory of corruption prosecutions in Indonesia would predict that a defendant of this political background would avoid prosecution.  Not only is he from the ruling party but he was at the time of the corruption and the initial investigation the Head of the Democrat Party’s Regional Leadership Council for Bengkulu province.  This from Kompas.com (here):

The judges of the Jakarta Corruption Court declared non-active Bupati of Seluma, Bengkulu, Murman Effendi, guilty of corruption. Murman, who is a former chairman of the Democratic Party Regional Leadership Council (DPD) for Bengkulu, was jailed for two years plus a fine of Rp 100 million subsidiary of six months in prison.

Murman provided bribes to 24 legislators in two stages; at a meeting at his official residence in Duren Tiga Road, South Jakarta, and at Hotel Idol, Pramuka Road, via a close friend named Ali Amra Murman.

The funds were provided to the of 27 legislators in the form of a cheque drawn on the Seluma branch of Bank Central Asia worth Rp. 100 million ($11,000) and cash between Rp. 1 million to Rp 1.5 million ($110-160).  In addition, Murman also appointed his family-owned company, PT Puguk Saksi Permai, as the contractor for the road construction project.

“The winner of the tender PT PSP is actually a company owned by the defendant’s family, the crime committed was a crime of corruption, including white collar crime, with hidden guile to gain personal wealth,” said judge Mien Trisnawati.

Majelis hakim Pengadilan Tindak Pidana Korupsi, Jakarta menyatakan Bupati Seluma, Bengkulu nonaktif, Murman Effendi bersalah melakukan tindak pidana korupsi. Murman yang juga mantan ketua Dewan Pimpinan Daerah (DPD) Bengkulu Partai Demokrat itu dijatuhi hukuman penjara selama dua tahun ditambah denda Rp 100 juta subsider enam bulan kurungan.

Adapun pemberian uang kepada 24 anggota DPRD itu dilakukan Murman dalam dua tahap, yaitu dalam pertemuan di rumah dinas Murman di Jalan Duren Tiga, Jakarta Selatan, dan di Hotel Idola, Jalan Pramuka, melalui teman dekat Murman bernama Ali Amra.

Pemberian terhadap 27 anggota DPRD Seluma itu berupa cek Bank Central Asia cabang Seluma senilai Rp 100 juta dan uang tunai Rp 1 juta sampai Rp 1,5 juta. Selain itu, Murman juga menunjuk perusahaan milik keluarganya, PT Puguk Saksi Permai sebagai pelaksana proyek pembangunan jalan tersebut.

“Pemenang tender adalah PT PSP yang notabene adalah perusahaan milik keluarga terdakwa, tindak pidana yang dilakukan adalah kejahatan korupsi, termasuk kejahatan kerah putih, dengan akal bulus terselubung untuk mendapatkan kekayaan, keuntungan pribadi,” kata hakim Mien Trisnawati.

Of course in the end he was prosecuted by KPK in the Jakarta Corruption Court.  I don’t believe this case would have proceeded in the standard criminal justice system.

h/t KP2KKN’s media archive blog, here.

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