KPK to Seize Property of Former Health Minister

By webadmin on 11:52 am Nov 30, 2012
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Rizky Amelia

Indonesia’s antigraft body announced that it will confiscate the property of the former minister of health for her involvement in a 2007 corruption scandal.

Johan Budi SP, a spokesman for the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), said on Thursday that as soon as the court ruling was declared legally binding, the commission would seize the possessions of former Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari.

“The judge’s decision will be carried out by the KPK,” said Johan.

Fadilah has been accused of receiving graft money from the procurement of health equipment for the Ministry of Health’s crisis response center in 2007.

After Rustam Syarifuddin Pakaya, another health official who was named a suspect in the scandal, was sentenced to four years in prison and fined Rp 250 million on Tuesday, the Anti-Corruption Court’s ordered for Fadilah’s property to be impounded.

“It has been decided that the money, worth Rp 1.2 billion, owned by the witness Siti Fadilah Supari, will be confiscated by the state,” presiding judge Pangeran Napitupulu said on Tuesday.

Additionally, the court ordered for Rustam to return the money he stole or face another two years in jail.

By arranging this bid-rigging for health equipment company Graha Ismaya, Rustam received traveler’s checks issued by Bank Mandiri worth Rp 4.97 billion from the director of Graha Ismaya, Masrizal Achmad Syarief. Rustam allegedly distributed the funds to various officials, including to Fadilah.