Thursday, October 29, 2020

Perum Perindo ex-chief sentenced to 4 years prison in bribery case


A panel of judges at the Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced Risyanto Suanda, the former president director of state-owned Indonesia Fisheries Company (Perum Perindo), to four years and six months in prison for his involvement in a bribery case related to a fish import permit.

The court also ordered him to pay a fine of Rp 250 million (US$17,763) or serve an additional three months.

“The judges imposed an additional punishment of Rp 1.24 billion in restitution that must be paid within a month after the sentence becomes legally binding,” presiding judge Sunarso said on Wednesday during a live-streamed hearing on the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) YouTube channel.

The restitution will be reduced by the sum of money and assets seized by the court as evidence in the case, which includes Rp 200 million transferred to the KPK’s bank account, two designer bags and a luxury watch, Suwarno said.

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“If the defendant fails to pay, the court will auction Risyanto’s other assets or add a year to his prison sentence if the assets are not enough to cover the restitution,” the judge said.

The court convicted the defendant for violating Article 12 of the Corruption Law, which prohibits civil servants and state organizers from accepting bribes.

Risyanto was found guilty of accepting $30,000 from Mujib Mustofa, the president director PT Navy Arsa Sejahtera, in exchange for the latter’s use of Perum Perindo’s permit to import up to 150 tons of frozen Pacific mackerel in 2019.

Furthermore, the defendant was found guilty of accepting $30,000 and SG$30,000 to benefit other companies concerning his position in Perum Perindo.

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The sentence was lower than the initial demand of KPK prosecutors, who had sought five years’ imprisonment and a Rp 500 million fine for Risyanto.

Both Risyanto’s side and the prosecutors have yet to say whether they will appeal.

Risyanto, along with two other Perum Perindo directors and six other individuals, was arrested by the KPK in September 2019 during two operations in Jakarta and Bogor, West Java.


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