The authorities transferred corruption convict Setya Novanto on Friday night to the notorious Gunung Sindur Prison in Bogor, West Java, where hundreds of convicted terrorists are incarcerated. (Antara Photo/Arif Firmansyah)

Setya Novanto to Be Under 24-Hour Surveillance at Gunung Sindur Prison

BY :CHRISTIAN LEE & VENTO SAUDALE

JUNE 18, 2019

Jakarta. Setya Novanto, who is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for his role in massive corruption involving a procurement project for electronic national identity cards, will be under constant electronic surveillance at Gunung Sindur, a maximum-security prison in Bogor, West Java.

The former House of Representatives speaker and Golkar Party chairman was initially locked up in Sukamiskin Prison in Bandung, West Java, where the country's biggest graft convicts are serving time. He was found to be occupying a special cell when officials of the Indonesian Ombudsman conducted an impromptu inspection at Sukamiskin last year.

On Friday, Setya was seen with his wife at a ceramic tile store in West Bandung after fleeing from a hospital where he was supposed to be receiving treatment for an unknown ailment.

After having had enough of his antics, the authorities transferred him on Friday night to the notorious Gunung Sindur Prison, where hundreds of convicted terrorists are incarcerated. Only 20 of the inmates are serving time for crimes other than terrorism.

Terror convict Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, the former leader of the Indonesian Mujahideen Council (MMI), spent his last three years behind bars at Gunung Sindur before his unconditional release earlier this year.

"This is a high-risk prison. There are 350 closed-circuit television cameras for security. Here, it's one man, one cell. So there is one [camera] in every cell. It has been almost a year and five months [since the cameras were installed]," Agus Salim, the warden of Gunung Sindur Prison, said on Monday.

Agus took the preemptive measure to install cameras in each cell at Gunung Sindur after last year's prison riot in Depok, West Java, which claimed the lives of five police officers.

"Suspicious movements can be detected. There are many here who have done strange things," he said.

Setya will not be allowed any visitors for a month.

"Family members will not be able to visit him. There is a rule that nobody may visit him for one month, and [after that], only members of his immediate family can visit. There is no special treatment here. He is the same as any other prisoner," Agus said.

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