On 24 June, the Attorney General Office (AGO) has named Former Minister of Law and Human Rights (1999-2004) Yusril Ihza Mahendra, and Hartono Tanusoedibyo the owner of PT. SRD, as Suspects in the alleged corruption case at the Department of Law and Human Rights.
The AGO alleged that Yusril had appointed, without tender process, PT. SRD to develop and administer
the Department's Legal Entity Administrative System (Sisminbakum) i.e. an online system for processing applications pertaining to the setting up and processing of Legal Entity. It was said that due to this fact the state has suffered financial losses amounting to Rp 420 Billion.
Earlier, the President Director of SRD Yohanes Woworuntu and 3 former Director Generals of the General Legal Administration i.e. Romli Atmasasmita, Syamsuddin Sinaga and Zulkarnain Yunus have been sentenced by the courts.
On 1 July, Yusril came to the AGO, but he refused to be investigated because he claimed the the position of the present Attorney General Hendarman Supanji is ilegal. He said that Hendarman is part of the first Cabinet of President Susilo Bambang Yudoyono (SBY) that ended on 20 October 2009, after which Hendarman was not among those who were sworn in as Cabinet members. Due to this fact, the AGO's decision to name him as Suspect is also illegal.
Yusril also stated that the decision to name him as a Suspect is part of the government's efforts to divert people's attention from the Rp 6.7 Trillion Bank Century Bailout case.
On 6 July, Yusril requested the Constitutional Court to conduct a Judicial Review on Hendarman's legitimacy as Attorney General.
On 12 July, Yusril finally agreed to be questioned for four hours by the AGO. During a talk-show on TV-One that evening, featuring Yusril and several lawyers, it was revealed that the appointment of SRD was actually a business based on Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) method in 2000, whereby SRD provide everything needed for the online system and operate it for 10 years. The profit is to be shared 90% for SRD and 10% for the Cooperative of the Dept. Law and Human Rights.
Considering the above, I hope that the above case(s) would be processed thoroughly.
Sources for this post :
- Yusril Ihza Mahendra's Website
- About Yusril Ihza Mahendra (Wikipedia)
- Yusril dan Hartono TanoeTerancam Pasal Pidana Seumur Hidup (Detik)
- Yusril : Hendarman Jaksa Agung tidak Sah (Tempo)
- Kejaksaan Agung Bantah Hendarman Tidak Sah (Tempo)
- Kisah Sisminbakum Nan Ruwet (BeritaSatu)
- Siang ini Yusril Ajukan Judicial Review Status Hendarman (TribunNews)
- Yusril : Sisminbakum Pengalihan Isu
- Kasus Sisminbakum, 4 jam diperiksa, Yusril belum ditahan (Harian SIB)
- Kasus Sisminbakum Belum Tutup Buku (Tempo)
- Yohanes Woworuntu Bawa Kasus Sisminbakum ke KY (Kontan)