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Five years' imprisonment sought for former Perum Perindo boss in fish import bribery case

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 21, 2020   /   11:08 am
Five years' imprisonment sought for former Perum Perindo boss in fish import bribery case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters in South Jakarta. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has demanded five years’ imprisonment and a Rp 500 million (US$34,003) fine for Risyanto Suanda, the former president director of the state-owned Indonesia Fisheries Company (Perum Perindo), for his alleged role in a bribery case related to a fish import permit.

The prosecutors accused Risyanto of accepting a $30,000 bribe from Mujib Mustofa, the president director PT Navy Arsa Sejahtera, in exchange for the latter's use of Perum Perindo's permit to import up to 150 tons of frozen pacific mackerel in 2019.

Navy Arsa Sejahtera was prohibited from importing fish in 2009 for exceeding its import quota.

“We demand that the panel of judges declare the defendant, Risyanto Suanda, guilty of corruption," KPK prosecutor Muhammad Nur Azis said during a hearing at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Wednesday.

Risyanto was charged with violating Article 12 of the 2001 Anticorruption Law, which forbids civil servants and state officials from accepting bribes.

The prosecutors also demanded Risyanto pay Rp 1.24 billion in restitution within a month following his conviction. The fee would include the Rp 200 million he had previously handed over to the KPK and the money gained from the auctions of his goods, namely two Louis Vuitton bags and other jewelry.

"Should the defendant fail to pay the restitution on time, his [other] property will be confiscated and auctioned off by prosecutors to cover the fee,” Nur Azis said, adding that Risyanto would be imprisoned for another two years if the auction did not cover the fee.

For his involvement in the case, Mujib was convicted to 18 months’ imprisonment and handed a Rp 100 million fine by the Jakarta Corruption Court in February.

KPK prosecutors also charged Risyanto with allegedly accepting a total of US$30,000 and S$80,000 from three businesspeople in exchange for using his position at Perum Perindo to benefit their company.

Risyanto, along with two other Perum Perindo directors and six other individuals, was arrested by the KPK in September 2019 during two operations in Jakarta and Bogor, West Java. (mfp)