Supreme court to suspend judge Syarifuddin over bribery case

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Supreme Court will issue a decree to suspend judge Syarifuddin recently caught by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for allegedly receiving a bribe, court spokesman Hatta Ali said.

"God willing, the decree for his suspension will be signed on Monday," he said here on Saturday.

He said the decree would be signed by chief justice Harifin Tumpa.

Syarifuddin was caught after receiving Rp250 million from a curator handling the assets of PT SCI known by his initial as PW on June 1.

KPK investigators confiscated the cash put in three envelopes and also a Mitsubishi Pajero car belongong to PW as well as more than Rp2 billion worth of cash in various foreign currencies.

The currencies include the US dollar (US$116,138), the Singapore dollar (Sing$ 245,000), the Japanese yen (20,000 yen) and Cambodian Riel (12,600 Riel). Total cash in the rupiah currency secured by KPK investigators reached Rp392,353,000.

The decree would only be issued on Monday because the arrest was made only on Wednesday while the next day was a holiday followed by a long week-end. "Apart from that the Supreme Court chairman is still out of town," he said.

Hatta Ali who is also a Supreme Court deputy chief for supervision expressed concern over the incident which occurred while the agency was just conducting improvement efforts.

"Of course I am concerned over the incident as it happened while the agency was just conducting improvement efforts," he said.

He said however that the case would be referred to the legal process."We will refer it fully to the legal process," he said.(*)