Djoko Tjandra allegedly prepared $10m to bribe Supreme Court, AGO officials

first_imgDjoko Soegiharto Tjandra, a graft convict and former fugitive in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case, allegedly planned to bribe officials at the Supreme Court and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to help him secure an acquittal in the case.AGO spokesperson Hari Setiyono said the figure was estimated to be around US$10 million.“Djoko, along with prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari and NasDem politician Andi Irfan Jaya, agreed to provide $10 million to be handed to some officials at the Supreme Court and the AGO for securing the acquittal,” Hari said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.  The AGO had previously accused Pinangki of receiving a $500,000 bribe from Djoko to lobby the Supreme Court to overturn a 2009 verdict that found him guilty of involvement in the 1998 Bank Bali corruption case.In a proposal named “action plan”, Pinangki reportedly asked for $1 million from Djoko in exchange for the prosecutor’s help with the case. Djoko reportedly accepted the offer and paid half of the sum as a down payment. Djoko later canceled the remaining payment after seeing that things had not gone as planned, according to the AGO.Read also: AGO arrests prosecutor Pinangki for alleged corruption in connection with Djoko TjandraPinangki has been named a bribery and money laundering suspect by the AGO for allegedly using the $500,000 bribe to buy a luxury car and pay rent for two apartments in Jakarta, among other purchases. Andi, the NasDem politician, was named a suspect for allegedly serving as a middleman between Pinangki and Djoko.AGO prosecutors reportedly handed Pinangki’s case file over to the Jakarta Corruption Court on Thursday.The AGO previously declared Pinangki guilty of an ethics violation for going on nine international trips to Singapore and Malaysia in 2019, reportedly to meet with Djoko while he was at large.Djoko fled the country in June 2009, a day before the Supreme Court sentenced him to two years in prison and ordered him to pay Rp 546 billion ($37 million) in restitution for his role in the corruption case. He spent more than a decade on the run before being arrested in Malaysia and deported to Indonesia in late July of this year. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Statewide Local Government Leaders Join Governor Wolf to Rally for Restore Pennsylvania

first_imgStatewide Local Government Leaders Join Governor Wolf to Rally for Restore Pennsylvania May 15, 2019 Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman today were joined by state, county, and local government leaders from across the commonwealth to rally for Restore Pennsylvania. Leaders called on the legislature to support the aggressive infrastructure plan, citing the need for resources to expand broadband access to every Pennsylvanian, combat blight, prevent flooding, expand green infrastructure, and provide opportunities to build a modern, interconnected commonwealth.Learn more about what critical infrastructure could be fixed in your community with Restore Pennsylvania at governor.pa.gov/restore-pennsylvania.“For the past four months I’ve been traveling across Pennsylvania speaking directly to the community leaders, business owners, and residents who desperately need Restore Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Wolf. “Today, I’m proud to stand with many of those individuals to rally in support of the only infrastructure plan that can make our commonwealth a leader in the 21st century. I am calling upon the legislature to do what’s right for the people of Pennsylvania by investing in them, and in our shared future, by supporting Restore Pennsylvania.”More than 70 local leaders, including representatives of townships, boroughs, cities, counties, sewer and water authorities, emergency management agencies, code enforcement offices and municipal organizations stood behind Gov. Wolf has he called upon the General Assembly to support Restore Pennsylvania.“Through my experience as mayor of a small town, I know firsthand what Restore Pennsylvania can do for towns all across the Commonwealth,” said Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. “These are the sorts of projects that people in Braddock and beyond want to see completed on a local level, because they’re projects that will have a tangible and meaningful impact on their lives, every day.”Gov. Wolf developed Restore Pennsylvania after taking note of infrastructure issues plaguing communities of all types and sizes across the commonwealth. The five infrastructure areas targeted by Restore Pennsylvania are unfunded or underfunded by current budgeting mechanisms and include high speed internet access, storm preparedness and disaster recovery, downstream manufacturing, business development, and energy infrastructure, demolition, revitalization, and renewal, and transportation capital projects.Driven by local input about community needs, Restore Pennsylvania will assist communities with upgrading infrastructure, improving business climates, and increasing livability. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high priority, high impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met. Funded through a commonsense severance tax that the Independent Fiscal Office has determined will be primarily paid for by out-of-state residents, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more