Ulma Haryanto & Anita Rachman
More than 1,800 low-ranking Indonesian officials have stashed public money in their private savings accounts, the Financial Analysis and Transaction Center announced on Tuesday.
Agus Santoso, deputy chairman of the center also known as the PPATK, said that since 2002 there had been 1,800 reports of corruption involving civil servants, including young ones.
Agus said that from the reports, the PPATK learned that low-ranking officials aged between 28 and 38 had hundreds of millions, if not billions, of rupiah stashed in their accounts.
However, the PPATK refused to name the institutions where those civil servants worked.
“If we [want to include] 40-year-old and older [officials in the reports], there would be so many more,” Agus said. “The PPATK has been following some officials since 2008, those who have smooth careers and hold lucrative positions.”
Agus said those indications meant that the notorious Gayus Tambunan, the former mid-level tax official who was found to have amassed more than Rp 100 billion ($11.1 million) in bribes, was not a unique case.
“I’ve been reading the data for a month now, and I feel so concerned about this,” Agus said.
The PPATK said some of the officials tried to hide their money by putting it into the accounts of their wives or children.
“We have sent the reports to the KPK [Corruption Eradication Commission] and the police,” Agus said, adding that coordination could also be established in the matter with the Attorney General’s Office, the Central Bank and the Finance Ministry.
The data, Agus said, was still considered “intelligence” and therefore could not be used as evidence since it first had to be legally proven in court.
Meanwhile, KPK commissioner M. Jasmin said he had yet to receive the reports from the PPATK, but he added that since both sides had signed a Memorandum of Understanding, the KPK could immediately take action even in the absence of a request.
“If there are irregularities in civil servants’ accounts or [officials from] other government departments, they are going to be forwarded to law enforcement institutions, including the KPK,” Jasin said.
Constitutional Court chief Mahfud M.D. urged the PPATK to make the report public.
But Agus said that under the law the PPATK could not publish reports in detail to the public. Full revelations can only take place once a court verdict on a particular case is issued, he said.
Adnan Topan Husodo from Indonesia Corruption Watch said that the issue was not the report but whether law enforcers could and would act on the PPATK’s information.
Additional reporting by Antara