Gayus Tambunan was a mid-level officer at the Directorate General of Taxation, but government officials, members of House of Representatives, and law enforcement agencies have been treating him as if he was the only person responsible for all the Tax Crimes in Indonesia.
Every day the media reported about him starting from his arrest by the Anti Mafia Task Force in Singapore, his rich bank accounts, expensive house and cars, his 68 trips inside and outside Indonesia while in Police detention center, trial at the District Court of South Jakarta, and the Prosecutors' demand for sentence of 20 years imprisonment for Tax Corruption charges.
But today, the Court's panel of judges seems to have their own opinion about Gayus when they sentenced him much lower than the Prosecutors' demand i.e. 7 year imprisonment and fine of 300 million Rupiah.
After the trial, Gayus told reporters that he was very disappointed at the Anti Mafia Task Force because they have turned him into public enemy number one, tried to persuade him and his wife to confess that he has helped the Tax fraud of companies owned by Chairman of Golkar Party Aburizal Bakrie, and that he has met him in Bali when he was detained by the Police.
He also accused the US intelligence agency CIA of arranging fake Guyana passports for him, his wife and children for the out of detention trips to Singapore, Malaysia and Macau.
Considering that the sentence is much lower than what they have demanded and what have been expected by the public, most likely the Prosecutors would file an appeal with the Jakarta High Court against the District Court verdict.
- Gayus Praises Judges, Lashes Out at Task Force (The Jakarta Globe)
- Gayus verdict disappointing: Graft Watchdog (The Jakarta Post)
Photo: Courtesy of The Jakarta Globe