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Prosecutors demand 1.5 years for Tommy Sumardi in Djoko Tjandra case

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 16, 2020   /   11:19 am
Prosecutors demand 1.5 years for Tommy Sumardi in Djoko Tjandra case Businessman Tommy Sumardi attends a hearing at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Nov. 2. He stands accused of acting as a middleman in a bribery case that has implicated graft convict Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra and two police generals. (Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

Prosecutors have demanded that the Jakarta Corruption Court sentence businessman Tommy Sumardi to one year and six months in prison for assisting Djoko Tjandra with his Interpol red notice removal.

“[We demand that] defendant Tommy Sumardi be sentenced under Article 5 or Article 13 of the law on corruption eradication,” the prosecutors said on Tuesday, as quoted by tempo.co.

Prosecutors also demanded that Tommy pay a fine of Rp 100 million (US$7,045).

Tommy allegedly acted as a middleman between Djoko and two former police generals to arrange for Djoko’s return to Indonesia when he was a fugitive implicated in the Bank Bali corruption case. Djoko previously admitted to paying Rp 10 billion to Tommy for the task.

Djoko allegedly gave the former National Police international relations division head, Insp. Gen. Napoleon Bonaparte, a bribe of US$270,000 and 200,000 Singapore dollars for the red notice removal.

Djoko is also accused of giving $150,000 to Brig. Gen Prasetyo Utomo, the former head of the Civil Servant Investigators Supervisory and Coordination Bureau at the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim), for issuing a letter that allowed Djoko to travel freely within the country.

The two police generals have admitted to taking bribes from Djoko. All three are currently standing trial.

Prosecutors said the money was given to the two generals in exchange for removing Djoko’s name from the wanted list by issuing a letter addressed to the Law and Human Rights Ministry's Immigration Directorate General.

Djoko was included on the Interpol red notice list after the Supreme Court sentenced him to two years in prison and ordered him to pay Rp 546 billion in restitution for his role in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case in June 2009.

He fled the country a day before his conviction and remained at large for more than a decade before being arrested in Malaysia and deported to Indonesia in July of this year.

While he was at large, Djoko said he had planned to file a case review, but as convicts were required to appear at the Supreme Court to register a plea, he could not.

Tommy’s lawyers told the court that they would make a defense statement at the next hearing, scheduled for Thursday, tribunnews.com reported.

In addition to Tommy, prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari is suspected of acting as an enabler for Djoko. She allegedly accepted money from Djoko in exchange for helping him ensure the Supreme Court would overturn his conviction. (syk)