Thu, 12 Feb 2004

Court to open BRI graft case

BOGOR: The Bogor Prosecutor's Office filed a graft case involving the state-owned Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) with the Bogor District Court on Wednesday, in a case that has allegedly caused a total of Rp 93.5 billion (US$11 million) in state losses.

"We received the dossiers from the Jakarta Prosecutor's Office on Jan. 19 and we just completed the prosecution papers," prosecutor Indrasyah said.

The court will hold the trial later this month.

The prosecution also handed over suspect Asep Tarwan, 38, head of BRI branch in Jl. Suryakencana, Bogor, to the custody of the court. The suspect is now being detained in Paledang Prison.

The case is part of a several corruption cases that also involve the state bank branches in Senen and Tanah Abang, both in Central Jakarta.

The prosecutors said the suspect could only manage to return Rp 9.8 billion of the money.

Indarsyah said his team comprised two prosecutors from Jakarta Prosecutor's Office. -- JP