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Jakarta Post

KPK detains two suspects over alleged bribery at Sukamiskin penitentiary

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 1, 2020   /   02:11 pm
KPK detains two suspects over alleged bribery at Sukamiskin penitentiary Inmates talk to visitors while prison officers stand guard at the Sukamiskin penitentiary in Bandung, West Java. (The Jakarta Post/Arya Dipa)

Investigators of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) have detained two suspects allegedly involved in bribery related to special treatment at the Sukamiskin penitentiary in Bandung, West Java.

The suspects, former Sumakaskin penitentiary warden Deddy Handoko and the president director of private firm PT Glori Karsa Abadi, Rahadian Azhar, were detained on Thursday after being named suspects by the KPK last year.

KPK deputy director for law enforcement Karyoto said Deddy was arrested for allegedly receiving a 2016 Toyota Innova car from graft inmate Tubagus Chaeri Wardana aka Wawan. The car was allegedly given in exchange for prison leave permits given to Wawan on 36 different occasions between 2016 and 2018.

Deddy was slapped with multiple charges for allegedly violating the 2001 Corruption Law, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment and a Rp 1 billion (US$67,685) fine.

Rahadian was arrested for allegedly bribing another former Sukamiskin penitentiary warden, Wahid Husein, with a Mitsubishi Pajero Sports car registered under the name of his subordinate. Karyoto said the car was allegedly given in exchange for partnership deals between Rahadian’s company and the prison’s printing business, as well as with cooperatives of two other prisons.

Rahadian was charged for allegedly violating the 2001 Corruption Law and faces a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment and a Rp 250 million fine.

“Both suspects would be detained for 20 days from April 30 until May 19 at the KPK detention center [in Kuningan, East Jakarta],” Karyoto said during a press conference on Thursday.

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The two were arrested after investigations took place over previous Sukamiskin prison bribery cases involving Wahid and Wawan, who were arrested in July 2018 and October 2019 respectively. 

Wahid was arrested along with five other suspects, including a government official, graft convicts and their relatives and a prison official, before being sentenced by the Jakarta Corruption Court to eight years’ imprisonment and fined Rp 400 million in April 2019 for accepting bribes from three individuals, including Wawan.

Wawan, the younger brother of former Banten governor and graft convict Ratu Atut, was convicted of bribing Wahid and Deddy in exchange for prison leave permits. The case marked his fourth time being implicated over graft. He was previously arrested over a Banten regional election dispute in 2013 and named a suspect for healthcare procurement graft between 2006 and 2013 and money laundering in 2014.

Rampant bribery at the Sukamiskin penitentiary, which houses graft convicts, prompted the KPK to call for firm action and prison reform by the Law and Human Rights Ministry in 2018.