Sjamsul Nursalim Suspect in BLBI Case; State Loss up to Rp4.58tn

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named Sjamsul Nursalim and his wife Itjih S. Nursalim suspect in the alleged graft case related to the fulfillment of Bank Indonesia Liquidity Assistance’s (BLBI) obligors obligation to Bank Restructuring Agency (BPPN).

    The suspect naming of the controlling shareholder of Bank Dagang Negara Indonesia (BDNI) was a development of the case.

    “KPK had earlier put Syafruddin Arsyad Tumenggung on the legal process until the verdict on the appeal trial in Jakarta High Court,” said the commission deputy head Laode M. Syarif in his office, South Jakarta, Monday, June 10.

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    The BLBI case is a graft case related to funds disbursement during the financial crisis in 1997. At least 48 commercial banks faced difficulties following the crisis received the assistance.

    The total funds amounted to Rp144.5 trillion, yet the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) found 95 percent of the funds had been embezzled.

    The anti-graft body reportedly investigated the case since 2018, yet it named former BPPN head Syafruddin Arsyad Tumenggung suspect in April 2017. In September 2018, Syafruddin was declared guilty by the Corruption Court and sentenced to 13 years imprisonment.

    During the verdict reading, the judge held that Syafruddin committed the corruption along with Sjamsul and Itjih and caused Rp4.58 trillion in state loss. The former head of the Financial Sector Policy Committee (KKSK) was also mentioned in the verdict.

    DIAS PRASONGKO