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Jakarta Post

KPK to examine Bank Century pretrial ruling

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 11, 2018   /   01:55 pm
KPK to examine Bank Century pretrial ruling Fight against corruption: Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesperson Febri Diansyah (left) accompanies KPK deputy chairperson Basaria Panjaitan at a press conference in Jakarta on March 21. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will examine a court pretrial ruling instructing it to continue its investigation into the 2008 Bank Century bailout, KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said on Wednesday.

“We will study the ruling and see if it can be implemented because it is relatively new [in context] compared to a number of recent pretrial rulings,” Febri said as quoted by Antara in Jakarta.

He said the KPK stood fast in its commitment to resolve all cases as long as its investigators could obtain sufficient evidence.

(Read also: Court orders KPK to continue Bank Century probe)

The South Jakarta District Court’s sole judge, Efendi Muhtar, ruled on Monday in favor of antigraft activists grouped under the Indonesian Anticorruption Community (MAKI), who filed a pretrial motion against the KPK, accusing it of being too slow in handling the Bank Century case, which reportedly caused more than Rp 7 billion (US$490 million) in state losses.

The judge ordered the KPK to continue its investigation into the case and name those implicated as suspects, including former vice president and then-Bank Indonesia governor Boediono and former Financial Services Authority (OJK) chairman and then-BI deputy governor Muliaman D. Hadad.

Graft busters put the investigation on hold after the Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced former BI deputy governor Budi Mulya, the first suspect in the case, to 10 years in prison in July 2014.

The KPK indictment against Budi mention other members of the BI board of governors as being implicated, including Boediono and Muliaman. (ebf)