Indonesian Governor Faces Jail Term Over Fire Engine Scandal

by Nivell Rayda

Riau. Prosecu..." /> Indonesian Governor Faces Jail Term Over Fire Engine Scandal

by Nivell Rayda

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Indonesian Governor Faces Jail Term Over Fire Engine Scandal

by Nivell Rayda

Riau. Prosecutors at the Anti-Corruption Court on Monday sought a four-year prison term for the current governor of the Riau Islands, Ismeth Abdullah, for his alleged role in the illegal procurement of fire engines in the province in 2004 and 2005.

The prosecution alleged that Ismeth appointed private company PT Satal Nusantara as the provider of six fire engines without initiating a bidding process or gaining approval from the Regional Legislative Council.

At the time, Ismeth was chairman of the Batam Island Special Industrial Zone Development Authority.

“The state lost Rp 5.4 billion ($605,000) because of the actions of the defendant,” lead prosecutor Rudi Margono said to the court.

“The city [Batam] had not approved the budget for purchasing fire engines. The defendant instructed his subordinates to allocate funds from the city’s contingency budget,” he added.

The prosecution also demanded Ismeth pay Rp 200 million in fines or face an additional six month of imprisonment.

Rudi also alleged that Ismeth had overlooked the fact that Satal had inflated the budget for the fire engine project.

In 2004, Satal provided the city with four fire engines for Rp 7.91 billion but the following year the city bought two identical fire engines from the same company for Rp 11.9 billion.

Ismeth’s lawyer, Luhut Pangaribuan, denied his client’s involvement in the scheme.

Prosecutors “made it appear that Ismeth was in charge of the procurement. He wasn’t involved at all. Everything was done by his subordinates,” Luhut said after Monday’s session.

“Ismeth only instructed his deputy chief of planning (Muhammad Prijanto) to do something about the rampant fires happening in Batam. The technical aspect of the procurement is conducted by the project leader.”

The Anti-Corruption Court in February sentenced Hengky Samuel Daud, Satal’s owner, to 15 years in prison.

It was one of the harshest sentences for a non-public official charged with corruption and related crimes in Indonesian history.

The court found Hengky guilty of illegally procuring fire engines nationwide through Satal and another of his companies, Istana Sarana Raya, causing Rp 97 billion in state losses from 2003 to 2005.

Hengky appealed the decision but the Jakarta High Court instead increased his sentence to 18 years.

He passed away on June 2 at Pondok Indah Hospital in South Jakarta after battling heart and liver disease for two weeks. He was 55.

With Hengky’s death, the government immediately launched a civil suit against the businessman’s heirs, demanding them to pay state restitution worth Rp 97 billion. By the time of his death, Hengky had already paid off Rp 14.4 billion of the amount owed to the state.

The South Jakarta District Court last month ruled in favor of the government.
<span style="font-size: 14pt"><span style="font-weight: bold">Indonesian Governor Faces Jail Term Over Fire Engine Scandal</span></span><br /> <br /> by Nivell Rayda<br /> <br /> Riau. Prosecutors at the Anti-Corruption Court on Monday sought a four-year prison term for the current governor of the Riau Islands, Ismeth Abdullah, for his alleged role in the illegal procurement of fire engines in the province in 2004 and 2005.<br /> <br /> The prosecution alleged that Ismeth appointed private company PT Satal Nusantara as the provider of six fire engines without initiating a bidding process or gaining approval from the Regional Legislative Council.<br /> <br /> At the time, Ismeth was chairman of the Batam Island Special Industrial Zone Development Authority.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The state lost Rp 5.4 billion ($605,000) because of the actions of the defendant,&rdquo; lead prosecutor Rudi Margono said to the court.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The city [Batam] had not approved the budget for purchasing fire engines. The defendant instructed his subordinates to allocate funds from the city&rsquo;s contingency budget,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> The prosecution also demanded Ismeth pay Rp 200 million in fines or face an additional six month of imprisonment.<br /> <br /> Rudi also alleged that Ismeth had overlooked the fact that Satal had inflated the budget for the fire engine project.<br /> <br /> In 2004, Satal provided the city with four fire engines for Rp 7.91 billion but the following year the city bought two identical fire engines from the same company for Rp 11.9 billion.<br /> <br /> Ismeth&rsquo;s lawyer, Luhut Pangaribuan, denied his client&rsquo;s involvement in the scheme.<br /> <br /> Prosecutors &ldquo;made it appear that Ismeth was in charge of the procurement. He wasn&rsquo;t involved at all. Everything was done by his subordinates,&rdquo; Luhut said after Monday&rsquo;s session.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Ismeth only instructed his deputy chief of planning (Muhammad Prijanto) to do something about the rampant fires happening in Batam. The technical aspect of the procurement is conducted by the project leader.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Anti-Corruption Court in February sentenced Hengky Samuel Daud, Satal&rsquo;s owner, to 15 years in prison.<br /> <br /> It was one of the harshest sentences for a non-public official charged with corruption and related crimes in Indonesian history.<br /> <br /> The court found Hengky guilty of illegally procuring fire engines nationwide through Satal and another of his companies, Istana Sarana Raya, causing Rp 97 billion in state losses from 2003 to 2005.<br /> <br /> Hengky appealed the decision but the Jakarta High Court instead increased his sentence to 18 years.<br /> <br /> He passed away on June 2 at Pondok Indah Hospital in South Jakarta after battling heart and liver disease for two weeks. He was 55.<br /> <br /> With Hengky&rsquo;s death, the government immediately launched a civil suit against the businessman&rsquo;s heirs, demanding them to pay state restitution worth Rp 97 billion. By the time of his death, Hengky had already paid off Rp 14.4 billion of the amount owed to the state.<br /> <br /> The South Jakarta District Court last month ruled in favor of the government.<br />
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Dear Sir
Can this news republished in my newspaper?
Muh Laba
Batam
Dear Sir<br /> Can this news republished in my newspaper?<br /> Muh Laba<br /> Batam <br />
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i think you will have to ask the Jakarta Globe that question. smile

I think they might say no.
i think you will have to ask the Jakarta Globe that question. <img src="http://batamchat.com/cf/sites/default/assets/img/smileys/smile.gif" alt="smile" title="smile" height="15" width="15" /><br /> <br /> I think they might say no.<br />
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