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Today's Headlines Corruption

  • Japan Reports Bribery Requests to Indonesia's Corruption Watchdog

    Japan Reports Bribery Requests to Indonesia's Corruption Watchdog

    While the central government of Indonesia is eager to improve the nation's investment climate, the Anti-Bribery Commission of Japan (ABCJ) reported a number of illegal charges that were requested by Indonesian government officials or civil servants from Japanese companies that operate in Indonesia. Such cases of corruption damage the attractiveness of Indonesia's investment climate.

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  • Corruption in Indonesia: DPR Chair Setya Novanto Named as Suspect

    Corruption in Indonesia: DPR Chair Setya Novanto Named as Suspect

    Setya Novanto, the Chairman of Indonesia's House of Representatives (DPR), has been named as suspect in a corruption case by the country's corruption watchdog Corruption Eradication Commission (in Indonesian: Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, or KPK). The case involves the large-scale procurement project for the electronic identity card or e-ID card.

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  • 455 Illegal Money Changers Closed in Indonesia

    455 Illegal Money Changers Closed in Indonesia

    Bank Indonesia, the central bank of Indonesia, announced it has forced the shutdown of a total of 455 illegal money changers - across Indonesia - by May 2017. These illegal money changers also include many gold shops and travel agents where people can change rupiah for foreign exchange (and vice versa).

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  • Governance & Corruption in Indonesia: Two Old Cases in the News

    Governance & Corruption in Indonesia: Two Old Cases in the News

    During the last couple of years of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY)'s second cabinet (2009-2014) there erupted a number of high profile corruption cases that involved several of his ministers as well as leading figures in his Democratic Party (in Indonesian: Partai Demokrat, abbreviated as PD). As a result, the PD party dropped significantly in the 2014 parliamentary election (this loss was also caused by the inability of SBY to find a new charismatic leader for the party, while SBY himself could not participate in the 2014 presidential election as he was finishing his final presidential term).

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  • Tribunal: Honda & Yamaha Form Price-Fixing Cartel in Indonesia

    Tribunal: Honda & Yamaha Form Price-Fixing Cartel in Indonesia

    Indonesia's Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU), the country's anti-monopoly agency, penalized Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing (YIMM) and Astra Honda Motor (AHM) for forming a cartel with the purpose of conducting price-fixing and curtailing the distribution of Yamaha and Honda motorcycle sales in Indonesia, specifically those motorcycles with an engine capacity of 110-125 cubic centimeters.

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  • Corruption in Indonesia: Emirsyah Satar Named Bribery Case Suspect

    Corruption in Indonesia: Emirsyah Satar Named Suspect in Bribery Case

    Former Garuda Indonesia CEO Emirsyah Satar, who currently serves as Chairman of Lippo Group's MatahariMall.com, was named a suspect in a corruption case by Indonesia's anti-corruption watchdog known as the KPK (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi). KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said the corruption case involves a bribery case that is linked to several parties in a number of countries. The agency will give a press conference to share more details later on Thursday (19/01).

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  • Political Corruption Indonesia: Former Minister Dahlan Iskan Arrested

    Political Corruption Indonesia: Former Minister Dahlan Iskan Arrested

    Another (former) minister under the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration was arrested in a corruption case. On Thursday (27/10) former state-owned enterprises minister Dahlan Iskan was named a suspect and arrested by the Prosecutor Office of East Java. Dahlan is suspected of being involved in irregular sales of assets owned by the Province of East Java and managed by regional state-owned property company Panca Wira Usaha. Dahlan served as president director of Panca Wira Usaha between 2000-2009. The irregular sales were reportedly conducted between 2002-2004.

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  • Corruption in Indonesia: Should Food Import Quotas Be Scrapped?

    Corruption in Indonesia: Should Food Import Quotas Be Scrapped?

    Indonesia's Regional Representatives Council speaker Irman Gusman will be removed from his position on Tuesday (20/09) after being named a suspect by the nation's anti-corruption watchdog (Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK) in Indonesia's latest corruption case. Allegedly, Gusman accepted a IDR 100 million (approx. USD $7,500) bribe for lobbying to manipulate West Sumatra's sugar import quota. Earlier this year State Procurement Agency Bulog imposed the quota to a company called CVSB. It is yet another graft case related to Indonesia's import quota system for food commodities.

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  • Indonesia & Panama Papers: What & Who Are the Involved Companies & People?

    Indonesia & Panama Papers: What & Who Are the Involved Companies & People?

    There are plenty of Indonesian names mentioned in the Panama Papers, the massive leak of about 11.5 million confidential documents from the database of Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca. Here we present the top 20 of largest Indonesian companies mentioned in the leaked documents. Although it is widely known that offshore firms (special purpose vehicles) in tax havens are set up to engage in tax evasion, it needs to be emphasized that not all people and companies named in the documents are in fact involved in violations of the law.

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Latest Columns Corruption

  • Corruption & Property: Where Did it Go Wrong for the Meikarta Project?

    Corruption & Property: Where Did it Go Wrong for the Meikarta Project?

    Those consumers and investors who purchased one or more apartment units in the Meikarta megacity project in Bekasi (West Java) are currently facing uncertain times. A new corruption scandal has put the future of the Meikarta project in jeopardy and therefore those who have already bought a Meikarta apartment fear that their money and apartment unit is lost. Those who are still making monthly mortgage payments to the bank, are confused whether they need to continue these payments (hence risking losing more money) or stop the monthly payment.

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  • Know Your Beneficial Owner Principle Implemented in Indonesia

    Know Your Beneficial Owner Principle Implemented in Indonesia

    Further to our previous column, to prevent and eradicate the crime of money laundering and terrorism financing, the government has issued Presidential Regulation Number 13 of 2018 on the Implementation of Know Your Beneficial Owner Principle By Corporations to Prevent and Eradicate Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (Regulation 13/2018). In Regulation 13/2018, every corporation is required to define the beneficial owner in a corporation.

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  • Rise of Indonesia in Corruption Perceptions Index Stagnates

    Rise of Indonesia in Corruption Perceptions Index Stagnates

    Although Indonesia's score was unchanged, the nation's ranking fell in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index, compiled by Berlin-based Transparency International. In the 2017 edition, Southeast Asia's largest economy Indonesia ranks 96th, down from 90th in last year's edition. The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption (based on input from experts and businessmen), uses a scale from 0.0 (highly corrupt) to 1.0 (very clean).

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  • Corruption in Indonesia: DPR the Most Corrupt Government Institution

    Corruption in Indonesia: DPR the Most Corrupt Government Institution

    The latest survey of Berlin-based Transparency International confirms that Indonesia's House of Representatives (DPR) is perceived - among Indonesians - as the most corrupt institution in the country. This outcome is no surprise because the DPR, the elected national legislative assembly that draws up and passes laws and budgets as well as monitors the performance of the government, has for long been perceived by the Indonesian people as the most corrupt institution within the country.

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  • Emirsyah Satar, Soetikno Soedardjo Named in Rolls Royce Scandal

    Emirsyah Satar, Soetikno Soedardjo Named in Rolls Royce Scandal

    After Emirsyah Satar, Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has also named Soetikno Soedardjo a suspect in the same multinational bribery case. On Thursday (19/01) it became breaking headline news in Indonesia when the KPK announced that former Garuda Indonesia Chief Executive (2005-2014) Emirsyah Satar was named suspect of received a bribe in the procurement (by Garuda Indonesia) of aircraft and aircraft engines from Airbus and Rolls-Royce. Satar currently servers as Chairman of Indonesian conglomerate Lippo Group's e-commerce platform MatahariMall.com.

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  • Corruption in Indonesia: Agung Podomoro Land Bribery Case

    Corruption in Indonesia: Agung Podomoro Land Bribery Case

    Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (abbreviated KPK) is satisfied with the decision of the Jakarta Corruption Court (Tipikor) to sentence Ariesman Widjaja, former General Director of Agung Podomoro Land, to three years in prison and IDR 200 million (approx. USD $15,300) in fines (or three additional months inmprisonment). Although prosecutors demanded a four year prison sentence and IDR 250 million in fines, the decision of the court is acceptable according to Indonesia's anti-corruption watchdog.

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  • Corruption in Indonesia: Agung Podomoro Land & Pluit City

    Corruption in Indonesia: Agung Podomoro Land & Pluit City

    One of Indonesia's largest listed property developers - Agung Podomoro Land - saw its shares plunge 10 percent on Monday (04/04) after the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the country's anti-graft agency, named the company's President Director Ariesman Widjaja a suspect in a bribery case that also involves a Jakarta legislator. Allegedly, Muhammad Sanusi, legislator of the Jakarta provincial assembly and member of Prabowo Subianto's Great Indonesia Party (Gerindra), accepted money in exchange for support related to the Pluit City project.

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  • Overlapping Land Conflicts & Troubled Mining Business Licenses in Indonesia

    Overlapping Land Conflicts & Troubled Mining Business Licenses in Indonesia

    West Kalimantan, South Sulawesi and South Kalimantan are the three Indonesian provinces that scored the worst in the Local Government Performance Index (in Indonesian: Indeks Kinerja Pemerintah Daerah, or IKPD). This index, compiled by Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), measures the degree of coordination and supervision within Indonesian provinces regarding policies and actions related to the prevention of corruption in the mining and energy sectors. The provinces that have the highest scores are Central Sulawesi and the Riau Islands.

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  • Corruption in Indonesia: Prosecutors Seek 9 Years' Prison for Jero Wacik

    Corruption in Indonesia: Prosecutors Seek 9 Years' Prison for Jero Wacik

    Jero Wacik, Indonesia's former Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (2011-2014) and Minister of Culture and Tourism (2004-2011), could face nine years in prison, a fine of IDR 350 million and may have to pay compensation up to IDR 18.8 billion to the government. These are the demands expressed by prosecutor Dody Sukmono at the Jakarta Corruption Court (Tipikor) on Thursday (21/01). Wacik is being accused of mishandling ministerial funds and extortion by the country’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

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  • Corruption in Indonesia: Suryadharma Ali Found Guilty by Jakarta Corruption Court

    Corruption in Indonesia: Suryadharma Ali Found Guilty

    Former Indonesian Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali (who was also Chairman of the Islamic political party PPP) was sentenced to six years in jail and a fine of IDR 300 million (or three additional months in prison) by the Jakarta Corruption Court (Tipikor) on Monday (11/01). Suryadharma was found guilty of self-enrichment by deliberately mishandling state funds that were allocated to the hajj pilgrimage program covering the financial years 2010-2013.

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