KPK Arrests West Java Judge for Allegedly Taking Bribe in Corruption Case

Indonesia’s antigraft agency on Friday arrested a district judge in Bandung, West Java, for allegedly taking a bribe in a corruption case.

Johan Budi, the spokesman for the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), said judge Setiabudi Tejocahyono, the deputy head of the Bandung District Court, was arrested in his office on Friday along with the man who was allegedly bribing him.

The corruption watchdog also seized some cash as evidence. Johan declined to disclose the amount of money.

KPK deputy chief Busyro Muqoddas said Setiabudi was arrested for his alleged role in a social aid corruption case, refusing to reveal any further details.

Last December, Setiabudi convicted seven people in a social aid corruption case, sentencing each defendant with a one-year prison term and fined them Rp 50 million ($5132).

Prosecutors in the case had demanded a three- to four-year prison term for each defendant.

The Judicial Commission on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to temporarily dismiss Setiabudi.

“With this arrest the Judicial Commission will ask the Supreme Court to temporarily suspend the judge and to permanently dismiss him from his position if later he is found guilty, and he should be stripped from all of his special rights as a judge,” said Asep Rahmat Fajar, a spokesman from the Judicial Commission, on Friday.

“We really regret that there’s still a judge who would do such an atrocious thing, especially because judges have been given a significant raise in allowance, this arrest should be a wake-up call and a momentum for the law enforces to improve themselves,” Asep added.

The Supreme Court had previously announced a salary increase for Indonesian judges, a move which they said would increase justice and eliminate corruption.

Before a new government regulation was implemented this, judges’ salaries ranged from Rp 1.8 million ($186) to Rp 4.5 million, in line with a 2007 government regulation.

But now judges’ salaries can start at Rp 10.5 million a month, with possible increases of up to Rp 45 million, depending on their rank.

Ahmad Kamil, the deputy chief justice for non-judicial affairs at the Supreme Court, has said that Indonesia’s judges are now among the highest-paid judges in Asia and would have no excuse to not work professionally.