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Former Transjakarta president director arrested after fleeing fraud conviction

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, September 6, 2020   /   08:17 am
Former Transjakarta president director arrested after fleeing fraud conviction A joint team of officials from the Jakarta and Central Jakarta prosecutor's offices arrest former Transjakarta president director Donny Andy Sarmedi Saragih at an apartment in North Jakarta on Sept. 4, 2020. (Kompas.com/File)

A joint team of prosecutors arrested on Friday the former president director of city-owned transportation company PT Transjakarta, Donny Andy Sarmedi Saragih, who has been at large since 2019 after he was convicted of fraud.

The team from the Attorney General’s Office, the Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office and the Central Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office arrested him at his apartment in North Jakarta at 11:30 p.m. on Friday

Central Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office General Crime Unit head Nur Winardi said Donny had been on the wanted list since the Supreme Court convicted him of fraud in 2019. He said the joint team found that Donny was going to Pondok Indah Hospital (RSPI) in South Jakarta. The team immediately went to the hospital to monitor him, but he could not be found there.

The team then tracked Donny’s whereabouts until they went to his residence in North Jakarta.

“They immediately arrested the convict at his apartment. He was taken to the Jakarta Attorney General's Office to be handed over to the Central Jakarta Prosecutor's Office,” Nur said as reported by kompas.com on Saturday.

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The case started in 2017 when he was serving as the operational director of private transportation company PT Lorena Transport. He and the company’s corporate secretary Porman Tambunan, pretending to be officials from the Financial Services Authority (OJK), blackmailed the company’s president director Gusti Terkelin Soerbakti into paying US$250,000 by threatening to reveal wrongdoings by the company.

Gusti then reported the blackmail to the Central Jakarta District Court in 2018. Donny and Porman were declared guilty by the court in the same year, and the verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2019. Porman was arrested in January 2020 while Donny fled his conviction.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan briefly appointed Donny to lead Transjakarta in January. However, Anies sacked him less than a week after his appointment following reports of his criminal record.  (dpk)