Gayus Tambunan’s name burst into the headlines earlier this month when former National Police chief detective Comr. Gen. Susno Duadji alleged the mid-level tax official had paid police to stop investigating a case against him. Here is a chronology of Gayus’s case.
October 7, 2009 The National Police name Gayus as a suspect after the Financial Transactions Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) finds a suspicious Rp 25 billion in his account at Bank Panin.
October 2009-March 2010 The police dossier outlines corruption, money laundering and embezzlement charges against the mid-level tax official. However, a Batam businessman named Andi Kosasih comes forward to claim the money, saying he had given it to Gayus to buy land for him.
Further investigation uncovers a mysterious Rp 370 million in Gayus’ BCA account. The money was transferred by a company called PT Mega Cipta Jaya Garmindo, belonging to a Korean man named Son. Gayus told the court Son had sent the money to help with the tax administration of his factory. Son’s whereabouts were unknown and the factory had closed.
March 3, 2010 Prosecutors recommend a sentence of one year in jail and another year of probation for Gayus.
March 12 The judge vindicates Gayus on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
March 18 Former chief detective Comrs. Gen. Susno Duadji claims two police generals have acted as case brokers in a Rp 25 billion tax embezzlement case in which the suspect was “a Directorate General of Taxes official whose initials were GT.”
March 24 Gayus leaves Indonesia for Singapore, buying the plane ticket with cash at the counter. According to Minister of Justice and Human Rights Patrialis Akbar, Gayus used a fake passport. “He used a passport with the name of Gayus Halomoan Partahanan,” Patrialis told detik.com.
March 26 The National Police request a travel ban on Gayus.
March 29 A National Police source says Gayus’ wife, Meliana Anggraeni, is also believed to have fled the country.