Prosecutors seek 4.5 year prison term for W. Java revenue agency head
Prosecutor demanded a four-and-a-half-year prison term for West Java Revenue Agency chief Bambang Heryanto, allegedly involved in a graft case surrounding the collection of property taxes in Subang regency in 2005-2008.
“The defendant should also pay Rp 200 million (US$21,430) in fines or serve an additional three months in prison,” Gabriel F.S. Mainake said as he read out the prosecution’s demand before the Bandung Corruption Court on Monday.
The case was alleged to have occurred when Bambang headed a team to draft legislation on property tax collection in Subang in 2005. The team’s draft was approved by former Subang Regent Eep Hidayat without the consent of regional representatives’ council.
According to the prosecutor, illegal taxes to the tune of Rp 14.29 billion were collected between 2005 and 2008, and later distributed to regent, deputy regent, regional secretary, revenue agency head and district and subdistrict officials who had helped collect the fees.
Former regent Eep was convicted in connection with the case, and is currently serving a five-year sentence in Bandung’s Sukamiskin prison. (iwa)