AGO to probe prosecutor’s
posh life style

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is gearing up to investigate the suspicious wealth of state prosecutor Cirus Sinaga.

Deputy Attorney General Darmono said Wednesday he had received the information on Cirus’ suspicious wealth and would pass it to Junior Attorney General for Supervision Hamzah Tadja.

“We haven’t received the official report but I consider it necessary the information is followed up by the supervision division,” he said.

Cirus reportedly owns a Rp 5 billion (US$554,000) house in Medan, North Sumatra, although a prosecutor at his rank only receives Rp 10 million monthly in salary.

Darmono acknowledged there have been rumors that the prosecution of low-ranking tax official Gayus Tambunan ­— who had amassed Rp 28 billion in his bank account — involved Rp 1.7 billion in bribes.

“We haven’t received official data on the alleged bribes from PPATK [Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center] or from the public,” he said.

PPATK chairman and Judicial Mafia Taskforce member Yunus Husein has asked the National Police chief, Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri, to investigate Cirus’ wealth.

“We will monitor the investigation continuously. We urge the police chief to check the information.

“If there are any informants [on the ownership of the house], we can check that,” Yunus said at a seminar at the University of Indonesia.

“The AGO should be more suspicious [of Cirus’ lifestyle]. Is it common for a state prosecutor, whose salary is not huge, to have a house as luxurious as that,” Yunus added.

According to a Detik.com report, Cirus’ house in Medan is located on a 750-square-meter plot of land.

The house has a 3-meter-high fence with an automatic gate and CCTV to monitor incoming guests.

The AGO already announced that Cirus and Poltak Manulang, both involved in Gayus’ prosecution, were demoted from their posts after both were found guilty of not conducting a proper examination of the case.

Cirus previously served as assistant prosecutor for special crimes at Central Java Prosecutor’s Office while Poltak was deputy chief of Maluku Prosecutor’s office.

Following the demotion, Cirus became a functional prosecutor at the office of the Junior Attorney General for Intelligence. Meanwhile, Poltak serves as a functional prosecutor at the office of the Junior Attorney General in charge of state administrative affairs.

Emerson Yuntho of Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) hoped the sanctions would trigger Cirus and Poltak to reveal “the real mafia” inside the AGO’s office.

“Do it like [former National Police detective chief Sr. Comr.] Susno [Duadji]. ‘Sing’ when you feel unfairly treated,” he said.

Emerson said he believed many high-ranking officials inside the AGO had played bigger roles in the collusion scheme.

“ICW also urge the police to investigate the alleged bribes for prosecutors based on the reports from the PPATK,” he said.

Cirus and Poltak allegedly “engineered” the prosecution of Gayus. Both prosecutors said in their indictment that Gayus amassed Rp 380 million.

They charged Gayus under the 2003 Money Laundering Law and the Criminal Code carrying a maximum sentence of five years jail, instead of the Corruption Law that carries heavier punishments.

In any case Gayus was then acquitted of all charges.

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