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August 26, 2008

Indonesia’s corruption cases keep rising
The corruption crime rate in Indonesia continues to escalate from year to year despite heavy sentences passed on offenders because the core of the problem has not been overcome, national news agency Antara quoted a law enforcement official as saying.

Junior Attorney General on Special Crimes (Jampidsus) Marwan Effendy made the remarks here Monday, adding that although the police, the courts and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) had stepped up their efforts, the corruption rate was still high.

"Data show that the number of corruption cases handled by public prosecutor's offices, police and KPK increased in the past five years," he said. In 2004, public prosecutor's offices handled 617 corruption cases, police 157 cases and KPK two cases.

In 2005, public prosecutor's offices handled 729 cases, police 187 and KPK 17 cases.

In 2006, public prosecutor's offices handled 807 cases, police 279 cases and KPK 23 cases.

In 2007, the rate slightly declined with public prosecutor's office handling 712 cases, police 200 cases and KPK a total of 27 cases.

"Until July 2008, however, public prosecutor's offices have handled 561 cases, police 90 cases and KPK 20 cases," he said.

About what was done by public prosecutor's officers so far, Marwan said, they had demanded death sentence against the accused in corruption acts like Dicky Iskandardinata.

In addition, prosecutors had also demanded life sentences against some corrupters such as Bambang Sutrisno and Andiran Kiki Ariawan in absentia court on Bank Indonesia Liquidity Assistance (BLBI) and PT Bank Surya bad debt cases causing a loss of Rp1.5 trillion to the state.

A life sentence was also demanded for Hendra Raharja in the BLBI/PT Bank Harapan Sentosa case that caused a loss of Rp2.65 trillion to the state, and for Edy Santoso and Woworuntu in the Bank BNI Kebayoran Baru brance office case involving Rp1.2 trillion, he added.

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