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Setya's doctor indicted for obstruction of justice

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 8, 2018   /   03:39 pm
Setya's doctor indicted for obstruction of justice Indict: Bimanesh Sutarjo, a doctor at private hospital Medika Permata Hijau in Jakarta, sits on the witness bench at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Thursday. (JP/Kharishar Kahfi)

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors have indicted Bimanesh Sutarjo, a doctor working at private hospital Medika Permata Hijau, for allegedly hindering the antigraft body's investigation into former House of Representatives speaker and graft defendant Setya Novanto in the e-ID case.

"[The defendant] has been accused of fraudulently admitting Setya Novanto to Medika Permata Hijau Hospital in order to [help him] evade KPK questioning," prosecutor Kresno Anto Wibowo read out in the indictment on Thursday.

On Nov. 16, Bimanesh allegedly granted a request from Fredrich Yunadi, Setya's former lawyer, to have the politician admitted to the hospital for hypertension, as stated in a medical record from Premier Jatinegara Hospital, where Setya was previously treated.

The defendant responded by asking another doctor to reserve a VIP room for Setya even though Bimanesh had yet to examine him.

"When Setya was admitted to the hospital, the defendant ordered nurse Indri Astuti to wrap Setya's head with a bandage due to a request from the politician and pretended to connect him to a small IV needle commonly used for children," prosecutor Takdir Suhan stated.

Graft busters raided Setya's house on Nov. 15 to arrest him after he had failed to answer a KPK summons, only to find he had left his home hours before the raid.

A day later, the embattled politician was reportedly involved in an accident. He was admitted to Medika Permata Hijau Hospital before the KPK detained him on Nov. 19.

The antigraft body also named Setya's former lawyer Fredrich Yunadi a suspect in the case. He is currently standing trial at the Jakarta Corruption Court. (swd)

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