Election-Fixing Accusations Grow Against Akil as BNN Waits for Drug Test Results

Indonesia's chief justice Akil Mochtar gestures during an interview at his office in Jakarta, April 11, 2013.  (Reuters Photo)

The former chief justice of the Constitutional Court will on Tuesday hear the results of tests for the presence of drugs in his hair and urine. (Reuters Photo)

New election-rigging allegations involving disgraced Constitutional Court chief justice Akil Mochtar surfaced on Monday as the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) probe widened to include a South Sumatra election, a worrying sign that the chief justice may have sold-off the court’s authority nationwide.

An attorney representing Hazuar Budui and Agus Sutikno filed a complaint with the KPK on Monday alleging bribery and election rigging in a district head race in Banyuasin, a lowland South Sumatra district that encompasses the Kampar Pensinula and runs contiguous to the city of Palembang.

Golkar Party candidate Yan Anton took the race in a contested victory challenged by Hazuar, who came in second in the election. The Constitutional Court, under the authority of Akil, reportedly rejected the appeal.

Lawyer Alamsyah Hanafiah said the verdict was fixed in the complaint, alleging that Akil accepted a bribe to shut down Hazuar’s appeal.

“The bribe totaled Rp 10 billion [$885,000],” Alamsyah said outside the KPK, as quoted by Indonesian magazine Tempo.

When Yan failed to hand over more than the Rp 2 billon downpayment, Akil reportedly wrote to South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin, also of Golkar Party, asking him to postpone Yan’s inauguration.

The Banyuasin case may be the start of a potential blizzard of accusations. Elections in Bali, East Nusa Tenggara and East Java also fell victim to media scrutiny today as Akil’s alleged involvement in several contested races made headlines.

It’s a concerning sign that the nation is heading toward the worst-case scenario here: that the Gunung Mas, Central Kalimantan, and Lebak, Banten, elections were not isolated incidents of opportunism, but the first of many for-sale election verdicts on a national scale to be uncovered by the antigraft authority.

The case has already resulted in charges filed against six people, including Akil, Golkar lawmaker Chairun Nisa and Tubagus Chaeri Wardana — the brother of Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiya.

An officer with the National  Narcotics Agency (BNN) arrives with a drug test at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building on Oct. 6, 2013. (JG Photo/Afriadi Hikmal)

An officer with the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) arrives with a drug test at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building on Oct. 6, 2013. (JG Photo/Afriadi Hikmal)

Meanwhile, the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) announced that the results of drug tests on Akil would be available on Tuesday. The agency collected samples of the suspended chief justice’s hair and urine after KPK investigators discovered quantities of marijuana and pills during a search of the Constitutional Court offices.

The pills, initially believed to be Ecstasy, were later identified as methamphetamine. Laboratory tests had shown the drugs were similar to the methamphetamine pills commonly sold in other Southeast Asian countries, but rarely seen in Indonesia.

“The pills contained methamphetamine, which is usually found in its crystal form,” BNN spokesman Sumirat Dwiyanto said. “[The pills] could have been modified by drug bosses.”

The level of involvement the BNN has in the investigation will be determined by whether Akil’s tests come back positive, he said.

Consumption is a criminal offense in Indonesia.

  • lanun

    Good one. Start fixing the problems and make it fast, we can’t afford to keep on postponing what the very obvious issues. Poor Mr Anwar Ibrahim still fails to fix the bogus elections after elections and poor Singaporeans where constitutional court no where to be found and must swallow whatever shafted down their throats by pap.

    • Hunri a

      Good one. Start fixing the problems and make it fast, we can’t afford to keep on postponing what the very obvious issues

      Kinda what the JG consultants have been telling you for yonks 22 – Indon democracy is a sham at best and a theocratic junta at worst

    • Valkyrie1604

      Why can’t you use your resources to good use and contribute constructive comments? You have purposely chosen to continue bad mouthing Singapore (my concern) without generating ANY support from other contributors on this board.

      Stop being someone you are not and grow up. Your perpetual criticisms of Singapore is not working at all. I have had my “fun” responding to your several silly postings and this will be my last submission. It’s not enjoyable anymore and becoming ridiculous.

      You top the list of being a “douchebag”.

  • Bigbot

    From the top down complicity. The evidence is everywhere. Indonesia is riddled with criminality, immorality. This latest case has the potential to officially make this country a failed state. The whole country knows that Indonesia is in the grip of a criminal elite, who control everything, including the law, and who are completely corrupt. From the top down, sinking rot. And who shoulders the greatest blame?

  • Lunan tic

    Start fixing the problems and make it fast, we can’t afford to keep on postponing what the very obvious issues.

    Is that the biggest U turn in history 22?

  • zerodiversity

    I agree, this is a huge mafia and it is not just Akil involved. All 9 judges should be investigated.