The Jakarta Post
Prosecutors mentioned the names of Attorney General ST Burhanuddin and former Supreme Court chief justice Hatta Ali on Wednesday in their indictment against prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari, who is accused of assisting graft convict Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra during his time as a fugitive from the law.
Pinangki is standing trial at the Jakarta Corruption Court on charges of money laundering and bribery after allegedly agreeing to accept bribes amounting to US$500,000 from Djoko for conspiring to secure an acquittal for him from the Supreme Court.
The court found Djoko guilty in 2009 for his involvement in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case.
In the indictment letter, prosecutors said that Burhanuddin and Hatta were listed in Pinangki’s action plan to secure the acquittal for Djoko, who was then on the run.
“The defendant [Pinangki] and [another suspect] Andi Irfan Jaya drafted an action plan that would be shown to Djoko Tjandra,” prosecutors said during a hearing on Wednesday, as quoted by tempo.co.
Andi was a NasDem politician who was named a suspect for allegedly being a middleman in Pinangki’s case. The political party revoked his membership following his being named a suspect.
Pinangki and Andi allegedly showed Djoko the plan at a meeting with the convict in Malaysia in November 2019. The defendant initially demanded $100 million for the plan, but Djoko only agreed to pay her and Andi $10 million.
Part of the plan was to send a plea for the acquittal to Burhanuddin by Feb. 25. The attorney general was later expected to deliver the plea to Hatta, who was still serving as the Supreme Court chief justice, by March 1.
Should Burhanuddin deliver the plea to the Supreme Court, Pinangki would receive a commitment fee amounting to $250,000, from Djoko by March 5
According to the action plan, Hatta was expected to approve the acquittal plea from Burhanuddin by March 16. The move would be followed up with the Attorney General issuing an instruction to hand down the acquittal against Djoko.
If the plan went accordingly, Djoko would have to pay $10 million by putting the money into a bank security deposit box by April. Djoko was expected to return to Indonesia by the next month and pay an additional $250,000 as “consultation fee” to Pinangki.
However, prosecutors said Djoko later called off the plan despite already paying Pinangki $500,000 upfront, because neither step of the action plan was realized by December last year.
The Attorney General’s Office previously found Pinangki guilty of an ethics violation for going to Singapore and Malaysia in 2019, reportedly to meet with Djoko while he was still at large.
Djoko spent more than a decade on the run after evading imprisonment in 2009. He was arrested in Malaysia and deported to Indonesia in late July. (mfp)