Irenaeus Adii faces the Jakarta Corruption Court on Wednesday (24/03). (Antara Photo/Yudhi Mahatma)

Official, Businessman Jailed in Papua Power Plant Corruption Case


MARCH 24, 2016

Jakarta. The Jakarta Corruption Court on Wednesday (23/03) sentenced a local official and a businessman to two years in prison, along with Rp 50 million ($3,800) in penalty for bribing a former Hanura Party lawmaker in a Papua power plant project.

Deiyai Mining Office head, Irenius Adi, and Abdi Bumi Cendrawasih director, Setiadi Jusuf, were found guilty of giving S$177,700 ($130,000) in bribes last October to Dewie Yasin Limpo, in an effort to ensure funding for a micro-hydroelectric plant in Deiyai district would be approved in the this year's state budget.

"Defendants Irenius Adi and Setiadi Jusuf have been convincingly proven to have collectively committed corruption," presiding judge John Halasan Butarbutar said as he read out the verdict.

But Wednesday's sentence was less than the three years sought by prosecutors from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), who also demanded the two be fined Rp 100 million. The KPK said it will consider appealing the verdict.

KPK investigators believe October's cash was only the first half of a promised payment, with the remaining scheduled to be paid if Dewie succeeded in getting the project approved.

Dewie, a member of the powerful Yasin Limpo political dynasty in South Sulawesi, is a former member of the House of Representatives' energy oversight commission.