12 July 2019

Supreme Court Decides Syafruddin BLBI Case, Vice President JK Asks KPK Be Careful

Bisnis.com , JAKARTA - The Corruption Eradication Commission ( KPK ) is reminded to be careful in determining criminal suspects in financial cases.
Vice President Jusuf Kalla said that the Supreme Court's decision on the appeal of Syafruddin Arsyad Temenggung must be respected. In its decision, the Supreme Court stipulated that Syafruddin was proven to have committed a violation, but not a criminal offense.

"This case [the acquittal of the KPK suspect at the cassation level] is important as well as a warning to the Corruption Eradication Commission to really fulfill all the provisions of [criminal law] and carefully fulfill the requirements. Even though the Supreme Court judges are not 100 percent of the same opinion it respects the decision, " said Jusuf Kalla (JK) at the Presidential Office on Wednesday (07/10/2019).

According to JK, with this case determined to being a civil offense, there are other laws that can be imposed.

"So if there is another way through civil [from the law], it must be [state attorneys] who demand [to bring cases back to court]," he said.

Jusuf Kalla reminded that the case of the Bank Indonesia Liquidity Assistance (BLBI) has for some time been expired.

"This is BLBI, which for almost 20 years has been expired, and people [entrepreneurs and actors who receive liquidity assistance] need legal certainty," he said.

For that, said JK, law enforcers must resolve this case immediately. Including respecting the decisions of the judicial institution.

"If it has been released according to the law and then it is still being prosecuted again, later the community or outside businessmen say there is no legal certainty in Indonesia. [Even though legal certainty] is also important. "the expiration time has not exceeded," JK said.

Jusuf Kalla added that at this time some of the earliest recipients of BLBI assistance had expired. At present what law enforcers can still pursue is the case of disbursement of funds in 2001.