The method is similar."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will study private partys role in connection with the alleged corruption case of former State Audit Board Chairman Hadi Poernomo, KPK Deputy Chief Busryo Muqoddas stated.

"The private partys role will also be investigated so that it will be clear who that private party is. We will also investigate BCA later," he confirmed at the KPK Building here on Tuesday.

KPK named Hadi Poernomo suspect on Monday in connection with his alleged role in a corruption case while he was Director General of tax from 2002-2004.

Busryo added that Hadi had allegedly abused his power when he was the tax Director General.

"A party had applied with a demand for tax exemption and a kickback was then given, so it was more of a form of power abuse by an official. That is the pattern," he explained.

Busryo noted that the case was similar to several other tax evasion cases.

"The case is similar to other cases like the one involving Gayus (tax employee, already convicted) that we have already tackled. The method is similar," he added.

In connection with his case, Hadi Poernomo, when he was tax Director General, had allegedly changed the result of examination on objection to corporate tax assessment for the period of 1999-2003 over non-performing loans worth Rp 5.7 trillion, submitted by BCA bank on July 17, 2003, to the corporate tax director.

The result of the examination was issued on March 13, 2004 and then submitted to the Director General rejected BCAs objection.

However, a day before the final decision over BCA objection was issued on July 18, 2004, Hadi Poernomo ordered the corporate tax director to change his conclusion from rejecting to accepting BCAs objection.

Hadi later issued a decision letter to accept all objections submitted by the taxpayer and with his move, he gave no time for the corporate tax director to respond to the dissenting opinion.

Because of this decision, the state lost up to Rp375 billion and based on that, the KPK has named Hadi Poernomo suspect for violating Articles 2 and 3 of Law Number 31 of 1999, later changed into Law Number 20 of 2001 on corruption eradication and Article 55 of the Criminal Law.

If convicted, Hadi could face a sentence of upto 20 years in jail and a fine of Rp1 billion.

(Reporting by Desca Lidya Natalia/Uu.H-YH/INE/KR-BSR/A014)

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