KPK Nabs Six People, Including Tax Officials, for Alleged Bribery in Ambon


OCTOBER 07, 2018

Jakarta. The national antigraft agency announced on Thursday (04/10) that it has arrested six people, including a senior tax official and investigators, for alleged bribery in Ambon, Maluku.

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Febri Diansyah confirmed on Wednesday evening that the agency arrested and questioned the persons in connection with a tax evasion case.

Antigraft investigators have taken four of the suspects to the KPK headquarters in South Jakarta on Thursday morning for further questioning. Febri said investigators also seized Rp 100 million ($6,600) in cash, which was allegedly paid in bribes.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has meanwhile expressed her appreciation of the KPK's efforts to arrest the tax officials and urged the public to report corrupt practices to the authorities.

"I urge all taxpayers to keep an eye on the individuals [or employees] and report to us when they suspect any suspicious activities, including extortion," Sri Mulyani told reporters on Thursday.

The KPK also arrested a tax official in Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung, in April this year for allegedly extorting Rp 50 million from a taxpayer.

The suspect allegedly demanded the bribe in exchange for letting the taxpayer, who owed Rp 700 million in back taxes, off the hook.

In July last year, the KPK also arrested senior tax official Handang Soekarno after he received Rp 1.9 billion in bribes from Ramapanicker Rajamohanan Nair, a director of E.K. Prima Exports Indonesia – a local unit of Abu Dhabi-based Lulu Group International.

The court sentenced Handang to 10 years in prison.