The Jakarta Post
Former Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker Adriansyah has been charged with corruption for allegedly accepting bribes in return for the issuance of a mining permit in Tanah Laut regency, South Kalimantan.
The bribe was allegedly given by businessman Andrew Hidayat at a hotel in Bali at the time when the PDI-P was holding a national congress last April.
'As a state official, Adriansyah conducted several acts which ended in accepting gifts in the forms of money,' said prosecutor Trimulyono Hendradi at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Monday.
In their indictment, the prosecutors said that Andrew met Adriansyah in 2012, when the latter was still serving as Tanah Laut regent, to apply for a coal trading permit. Andrew also asked for Adriansyah's help to settle a dispute regarding access to a coal mine.
The two remained on good terms after Adriansyah retired from the position and became a lawmaker for the PDI-P.
Before being elected as a House of Representatives lawmaker in 2014, Adriansyah was regent of resource-rich Tanah Laut from 2003 to 2013.
Following the issuance of the Tanah Laut permit, the businessman allegedly gave an initial payoff of around US$50,000 in November last year, after Adriansyah was sworn in as a lawmaker, and paid another Rp 500 million one week later.
More money amounting to Rp 500 million was suspected to have been wired to Adriansyah in January, four months before the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) claimed it had caught the PDI-P lawmaker red-handed accepting the $50,000 cash bribe in Bali.
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