More Items Seized During Akil Home Raid
The government’s antigraft agency confiscated three luxury cars from suspended Constitutional Court chief justice Akil Mochtar’s home during a raid on Wednesday, an official confirmed. One of the vehicles was listed as being owned by Akil’s driver, Daryono.
The cars confiscated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) include a Mercedes-Benz S350, an Audi Q5 and a Toyota Crown Athlete.
Aside from confiscating the three cars, officers also took hold of Rp 2 billion worth of financial instruments from Akil’s home in the Liga Mas housing complex in Pancoran, South Jakarta.
Following the confiscation, the KPK immediately questioned Akil to confirm the ownership of the cars, which officials suspect are linked to the cases of bribery surrounding election disputes in Gunung Mas, Central Kalimantan, and Lebak, Banten, for which Akil had been arrested.
Agus Santoso, deputy chairman of the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) revealed separately on Wednesday that his institution had filed a report to the KPK regarding suspicious transactions by Akil in 2012.
He said the PPATK had recorded a number of irregular transactions, but did not elaborate.
“It was an intelligence report, but let the KPK verify that. It’s Akil Mochtar’s transaction. The KPK will tell us the figures.”
Also on Wednesday, legislator Almuzzammil Yusuf called on authorities to establish who owned the drugs found in Akil’s office, after a drug test on Akil came back negative.
Almuzzammil, a deputy chairman of the House of Representatives’ Commission III, overseeing legal affairs, urged police and the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) to get to the bottom of the case. If the investigation did not yield viable results, he said, it would indicate that a third party was involved and Akil may have been framed.
Almuzzammil said that despite the public outrage in the Akil case, law enforcement officials should not rule out the possibility that the judge may have been set up to take a fall.
Akil was arrested on Oct. 2 by the KPK for suspected bribery. When investigators searched his desk at the Constitutional Court, they found two methamphetamine pills and four marijuana joints inside one of the drawers.
The arrest has also prompted calls to limit the court’s authority, including proposals to disband the institution, although not everyone agrees that doing so would be in the best interest of the country.
Pramono Amung, a House deputy speaker, suggested on Tuesday that the court’s authority to handle regional election disputes be revoked.
Fahri Hamzah, a House Commission III member, concurred, saying that the court’s authority should be limited to handling disputes related to the presidential election, and reviews of laws deemed to be unconstitutional.
Both agreed that disbanding the court was not necessary.