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BPK auditors stand trial for bribery, money laundering

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 18, 2017   /   06:00 pm
BPK auditors stand trial for bribery, money laundering Combating graft: Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesperson Febri Diansyah (left), together with Supreme Audit Agency spokesman Yudi Ramdan Budiman, gives a press statement on a graft case implicating a BPK auditor at the antigraft body’s headquarters in Jakarta on Sept. 22. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak A.)

Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) auditors Rochmadi Saptogiri and Ali Sadli stood trial at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Wednesday for allegedly accepting bribes amounting to Rp 240 million (US$17,010) from Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Ministry officials.

In addition to corruption, both auditors were charged with money laundering.

“Rochmadi allegedly laundered a total of Rp 3.5 billion,” Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutor Takdir Suhan told the court. He added Ali had concealed Rp 10.5 billion and US$80,000 through the purchase of various assets, including houses and luxury cars.

The KPK named Rochmadi and Ali, along with two ministry officials Sugito and Jarot Budi Prabowo, suspects in the bribery case pertaining to an effort to obtain an “unqualified” opinion -- the highest audit level -- for the ministry’s 2016 budget report.

The trial for Sugito and Jarot had already been held, with the two defendants reading their defense plea in the Jakarta Corruption Court on Wednesday. (ahw)