KPK explains status of two foreigners charged in permit bribery cases

KPK explains status of two foreigners charged in permit bribery cases

Jakarta (ANTARA) -  

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has disclosed the status of two foreign citizens accused in bribery cases involving residence permits at the Immigration Office of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) in 2019.

"Once the bribe had been handed over, then the passport is returned and the next day the person returned to their respective countries of Singapore, or one to Australia," KPK Deputy Chair Alexander Marwata said at a news conference in the KPK building in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Furthermore, Alex stated that the KPK will coordinate with the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) and the Australian Anti-Corruption Institution regarding the actions of two foreigners who bribed public officials in Indonesia.

"Obviously, this is an act of bribery for public officials, and of course we will coordinate with Singapore and Australia to report on their two citizens who have bribed public officials in Indonesia. They have rules that prohibit giving bribes to foreign public officials," he said.

In that case, the KPK determined that three suspects, including the Head of the Immigration Office of Class I in Mataram, Kurniadie (KUR) and Head of Intelligence and Enforcement Section of the Immigration Office of Class I in Mataram, Yusriansyah Fazrin (YRI).

In the construction of the case, it was explained that Civil Servant Investigators (PPNS) at the Mataram Class I Immigration Office detained two foreign nationals with the initials BGW and the MK suspected of abusing residency permits.

"They allegedly entered using visas as ordinary tourists, but apparently worked at Wyndham Sundancer Lombok. The local immigration PPNS alleged that the two foreigners violated Article 122 of Law Number 6 Year 2011 concerning Immigration," said Alex.

Responding to the arrest, continued Alex, a Liliana Management representative of Wyndham Sundancer Lombok allegedly tried to find a way to negotiate with the Immigration Office PPNS in Class I Mataram to stop the investigation of the two foreigners.

"The Mataram Class I Immigration Office issued an Order for the Commencement of Investigation (SPDP) for the two foreign nationals on May 22, 2019. YRI then contacted LIL to collect the SPDP," said Alex.

The SPDP retrieval request was allegedly a code for raising the cost of stopping the case.

"LIL then offered Rp. 300 million to stop the case, but YRI refused because the amount was not large enough. In the communication process related to the cost of handling the case, YIR coordinated with his superior KUR. Furthermore, there was a suspected meeting between YRI and LIL to negotiate prices," he said.

In the raid, the KPK revealed the new mode used by Yusriansyah, Liliana, and Kurniadie in negotiating bribes, including writing Liliana's offer on paper with certain codes, without speaking, and then Yusriansyah reporting to Kurniadie for direction or approval.

"Finally, it was agreed that the amount of money to take care of the cases of the two foreigners would be Rp1.2 billion," Alex said.