The Jakarta Post
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has arrested prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari for allegedly accepting bribes in connection with graft convict Djoko Tjandra, who was arrested late last month after being on the run for years.
Investigators at the AGO’s junior attorney for special crimes (Jampidsus) made the arrest on Tuesday night after naming Pinangki a suspect in a bribery case. AGO spokesman Hari Setiyono said that Pinangki had allegedly accepted about US$500,000 in bribes, but did not specify who she got it from.
The AGO’s supervisory unit previously said that Pinangki had committed an ethics violation by going on nine international trips to Singapore and Malaysia in 2019 without permission, allegedly to meet with Djoko, who was still at large at the time.
Hari said investigators arrested Pinangki at her residence and the suspect was cooperative during the arrest.
“For the time being, she is being detained at the AGO’s Salemba Detention Center. Later, she will be transferred to a women’s detention center in Pondok Bambu [in East Jakarta],” he said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.
Deputy Attorney General Setia Untung Arimuladi had removed Pinangki from her post as an official in the planning bureau under the AGO’s junior attorney general for development.
Djoko, a convict in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case, was arrested in Malaysia on July 30 in a planned operation by the National Police.
He was previously at large for 11 years after fleeing Indonesia a day before the Supreme Court sentenced him to two years in prison and ordered him to pay Rp 546 billion (US$54 million) in restitution.
The National Police had also removed three high-ranking officials from their posts for aiding Djoko Tjandra while on the run, including Brig. Gen. Prasetyo Utomo for allegedly issuing a travel letter for Djoko.
Responding to Pinangki’s arrest, Indonesian Anti-Corruption Community (MAKI) coordinator Boyamin Saiman said the case saddened him because as a law enforcement official, Pinangki did not set a good example to the public.
“We hope the AGO can develop this case and find the parties who provided the funds and promises to Pinangki,” Boyamin said in a video release. (syk)