Saturday, October 24, 2020

Indonesia: Former Golkar lawmaker faces 7 years in prison for bribery and corruption

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Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors have demanded a seven-year prison sentence for former Golkar lawmaker Bowo Sidik Pangarso for his alleged role in bribery and graft cases.

Prosecutor Ikhsan Fernandi also demanded during a hearing at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Wednesday that Bowo pay a Rp 300 million fine or serve an additional six months in prison, kompas.com reported.

The graft defendant was also ordered to pay the remaining bribery and gratification money that he had not returned to the KPK, which amounted to around Rp 52 million. In addition, the prosecutor also demanded that Bowo’s political rights be lifted for a period of five years after he officially started serving his sentence.

KPK prosecutor said Bowo was proven to have accepted bribery amounting to US$163.733 (Rp 2.3 billion) and Rp 311 million in stages from a manager of private transportation company PT Humpuss Transportasi Kimia (HTK), which provides sea transportation for PT Pupuk Indonesia Logistik (PILOG), a subsidiary of PIHC.

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The manager, Asty Winasti, allegedly provided the money under the acknowledgment of HTK director Taufik Agustono to prompt Bowo to help the private firm secure a shipping or ship renting deal with PILOG.

The former lawmaker was also found to have accepted Rp 300 million from private sea-transportation supplier PT Ardila Insan Sejahtera (AIS) president director Lamidi Jimat for helping the latter to collect debts from shipping line and logistic service provider PT Djakarta Lloyd and for securing a deal to provide fuel for Djakarta Lloy’s ships.

Aside from bribery cases, Bowo was also accused of accepting illicit money totaling S$700,000 (Rp 7.1 billion) and Rp 600 million in stages for a number of cases, including one in connection with a 2017 trade ministerial regulation on the trade of refined sugar.

Bowo, a former chairman of House of Representatives Commission VI overseeing trade and industry, reportedly told graft investigators that he had accepted the equivalent of about Rp 2 billion (US$141,348) in Singapore dollars from then-Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita.

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Bowo was arrested by the KPK in March, during which graft investigators also confiscated thumb-shaped stamps on thousands of envelopes containing money in Rp 20,000 and Rp 50,000 denominations. The KPK suspected that Bowo used the bribe to finance his campaign in the 2019 legislative election, as it was reportedly going to be used to buy votes a few hours before the polls opened on election day on April 17.

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