A joint Judicial Commission and Supreme Court ethics
panel dismissed ad hoc judge Ramlan Comel of the Bandung Corruption Court on
Wednesday for breaching the ethics code by meddling in a major corruption case
implicating a former Bandung mayor.
The panel found that Ramlan communicated
with former mayor Dada Rosada’s confidant, Toto Hutalagung, a community leader
in Bandung, concerning a Rp 40 billion social aid embezzlement case being tried
at the Bandung District Court.
“During the communication, it was agreed
that the panel would not implicate Dada Rosada in the case,” said panel member
Jaja Ahmad Jayus of the Judicial Commission while reading out the decision.
Dada has been charged, while Toto is
serving a seven-year prison sentence.
The ethics panel also found “an
indication that Ramlan knew and accepted money in connection with the Bandung
social aid graft case” as the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK)
investigators allege that Toto paid bribes to one of Ramlan’s colleagues, then
Bandung District Court deputy head Setyabudi Tejocahyono.
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