Former warden of Sukamiskin Prison Wahid Husen attends a hearing at Bandung District Court earlier this week. (Antara Photo/Leci Kurniawan)

Former Warden Returns to Sukamiskin Prison as Inmate


APRIL 26, 2019

Jakarta. The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, has sent Wahid Husen, the former warden of Sukamiskin prison in Bandung, back to his old haunt, this time as an inmate. 

Sukamiskin is a special prison reserved for Indonesia's biggest corruptors.

Wahid received an eight-year jail sentence for accepting bribes from inmates Fahmi Darmawansyah and Andri Rahmat and renting out fully-furnished cells to them during his four-month stint as a warden at Sukamiskin in 2017.

Fahmi and Andi were serving sentences for their involvement in a bribery case at the Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla).

A video shown in court revealed one of the cells was decked out with an air conditioner, a television set, bookcases, a refrigerator, a spring bed and a bathroom with a water heater.

Wahid's aide Hendry Saputra also received a jail sentence of four years. Fahmi and Andri each received a further prison sentence of three and a half years and three years respectively. 

"All of them arrived in Sukamiskin at around 4 p.m. this afternoon after being handed their sentences by the Corruption Court," KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said on Thursday.

Corruption has long plagued Indonesia's crowded prisons. Prisoners often bribe guards to smuggle small luxury items such as cell phones. Wardens also regularly grant inmates a "sick leave" in return for money.