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Indonesian former tax official faces 15-year imprisonment for corruption

01-18-2011 15:51 BJT

JAKARTA, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian prosecutors have recommended a 15-year jail sentence for Bahasyim Assifie, a former director of tax investigations accused of corruption and money laundering involving hundreds of billion of rupiah (millions of U. S. dollars), local media reported here on Tuesday.

The defendant "collected money worth 60 billion rupiah (6.6 million U.S. dollars) and 681,000 U.S. dollars between 2002 and 2009 through illegal means by misusing his position and authority as a civil servant," prosecutor Fachrizal told the South Jakarta District Court on Monday.

"And he never paid taxes for all that money," he was quoted by the Jakarta Globe as saying.

Bahasyim, who headed several offices within the Jakarta Tax Office from 2002 to 2007, is said to have stored the money in three separated accounts under the names of his wife and daughter at a state-run bank in the country.

Police arrested Bahasyim in April 2010 after his bank accounts were flagged by the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) for suspicious activity.

At the time, reports said it contained as much as 70 billion rupiah (about 7.7 million U.S. dollars).

Bahasyim was appointed to the post of director of tax examinations and investigations in Jakarta in October 2002, with the power to interrogate taxpayers, seize documents, launch searches and recommend actions based on the results of investigations.

In their indictment, prosecutors said they found more than 300 transactions involving the family's bank accounts amounting to 932 billion rupiah (about 102.9 million U.s. dollars). However, they were unable to prove that Bahasyim amassed this wealth from illegal sources.

Bahasyim has also claimed that his total assets were valued at only around 64 billion rupiah (about 7 million U.S. dollars), which he generated from real estate and fisheries businesses since the 1990s.

Fachrizal also recommended that Bahasyim be fined 500 million rupiah (about 55,000 U.S. dollars) or face an additional six months in jail.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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