11 July 2019

JK: MA Cassation Decision Becomes Warning for KPK

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA - Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the Supreme Court's decision to acquit the defendant of the corruption case for the elimination of Bank Indonesia Direct Assistance (BLBI) receivables, Syafruddin Arsyad Temenggung, was a warning to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in the screening of prospective competent leaders.

"Indeed, this case is important, it is also a warning to the KPK to really fulfill all the provisions and be careful to fulfill the requirements (capim)," Vice President JK told reporters at the Jakarta Vice President's Office on Wednesday (7/19).
The Vice President said that the Supreme Court's decision to grant the cassation of the former head of the Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA) was a legal product that must be respected by all parties. "That is the authority of the Supreme Court that we must respect. Although it is also true that not 100 percent the judge at the Supreme Court agree. But we must respect the decision, after all," he added.
The BLBI case has been in process for almost 20 years and is nearing expiration. So if there are parties who want to appeal the Supreme Court verdict, Vice President JK said, it is expected they must be able to think about the impact on legal credibility in Indonesia.

According to the Vice President, if the Supreme Court's verdict was appealed again, there could be distrust of legal certainty in Indonesia. "If it has been released so according to the rules of law, then it is still being prosecuted again, later the community or entrepreneurs or parties from outside will say there is no legal certainty in Indonesia. That is also important," he explained.

The MA ruling was delivered by the Head of the MA Law and Public Relations Bureau, Abdullah, who said that based on Syafruddin's decision, he must be released from all lawsuits. Aside from being freed from legal entanglement, Syafruddin's abilities, dignity and dignity must be restored and released from detention.

Syafruddin A Temenggung was proven guilty of a corruption case with a state loss of around Rp 4.58 trillion related to the issuance of BLBI Declaration (SKL) to the Indonesian National Trade Bank (BDNI). The Jakarta Corruption Court (Tipikor) convicted and gave Syafruddin a 13-year prison sentence. Syafruddin had appealed to the DKI Jakarta High Court, and the application was rejected and the sentence was reduced to 15 years in prison.