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Another tax official named
suspect

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has named tax inspection unit chief Sarah Lalo a suspect in a graft case that has implicated Dhana Widyatmika.

“Sarah was declared a suspect on Monday. She will be charged under Articles 2 and 3 of the Anti Corruption Law No. 31/1999,” said Arnold Angkouw, the AGO investigative director for the special crimes division said on Wednesday as quoted by tempo.co.

The articles deal with abuses of power by public officials for the benefit of themselves or others and carry a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment.

The AGO had not detained Sarah, but had scheduled another interrogation session to uncover other tax officials who might be involved in the case, Arnold said.

According to Arnold, Sarah testified as a witness several times for Dhana, a suspect in a high profile tax-evasion case revolving around several companies.

The case came into the spotlight after the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK) revealed that Dhana, a junior tax official, had deposits of Rp 28 billion (US$3.08 million) and $250,000 in 18 separate bank accounts.

Dhana is a grade III-A civil servant with an average salary of between Rp 7 million and Rp 10 million per month.

AGO investigators have also named four other suspects in the case, Johni Basuki, an entrepreneur who allegedly had business relations with Dhana; Dhana’s former boss, Firman; and business executives Herly Isdiharsono and Salma Magfiroh.(cor/iwa)

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