Indonesian prosecutors seek jail for bribe case businesswoman
uusjio | July 7, 2008 at 03:11 amby
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Corruption has penetrated all the social strata, without exception.
Chief prosecutor Sarjono Turin said Artalyta Suryani had been "convincingly" shown to have bribed Urip Tri Gunawan, a senior prosecutor in the attorney general's office (AGO) who was in charge of the embezzlement probe.
Suryani allegedly bribed Gunawan to drop his investigation into Sjamsul Nursalim, who is accused of embezzling some three billion dollars in emergency bail-out loans to his bank during the Asian financial crisis in 1998.
Secretly taped conversations between the businesswoman, a close associate of the fugitive banker, and the prosecutor have been played during Suryani's trial and fanned headlines of widespread corruption in the (AGO).
Turin recommended the anti-corruption court sentence Suryani to five years'
imprisonment and order her to pay a 250-million-rupiah (27,000-dollar) fine.
Gunawan was arrested in March as he left Nursalim's home in Jakarta with 660,000 dollars in cash, just days after the attorney general had dropped the 10-year investigation into the banker citing a lack of evidence.
The businesswoman argued that the money was a personal loan from her to help Gunawan start a car wash business.
"During the 41 telephone conversation and ...
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