Former tax officer Gayus Tambunan, accused for corrupting tax payers money of up to Rp 28 billion, was captured in Singapore on Tuesday night in a five star hotel located in Orchard Road as the finance ministry widens investigation on possible similar case at the tax office.
Detik.com reported the police in cooperation with task force to eradicate ‘case brokers’ (mafia) spotted Gayus in the hotel. They rounded the hotel where Gayus is staying. Gayus later surrendered. Gayus is expected to be brought home today.
Gayus Tambunan has not come to his office since March 23. Gayus and his wife left Indonesia to Singapore on March 24 after the case broke into the media. Gayus has luxury houses in Kelapa Gading, an apartment and luxury vehicals. Gayus left for Singapore using fake name Gayus Hamoloan Partahanan.
Gayus case hit headlines after former national detective chief Susno Duadji revealed that two senior police officers have suspected to have received bribe in return for dropping Gayus case. The Tangerang district court later (March 12) issued verdict to acquit Gayus from corruption and money laundering case. Susno was suspicious because Gayus bank account, which has earlier been frozen, was unblocked. Around Rp24.5 billion was later withdrawn from Gayus’ account and was suspected to have been distributed to police investigators and related parties.
Some say judges may have also get the money. However, Antara quoted the Supreme Court (MA) spokesperson Nurhadi that it had found no indications of bribery behind tax official Gayus Tambunan`s acquittal by the Tangerang district court recently.
"Our conclusion is that there were no indications of bribery in the court ruling in Gayus`s case," MA spokesman Nurhadi said.
Meanwhile, Finance Ministry on Tuesday suspended some colleagues of Gayus to allow the tax office to conduct internal investigation. Finance Minister Sri Mulyani has also ordered tax officers to report their wealth.
Director General for Taxation Mochamad Tjiptardjo admitted that about three divisions at the tax department that are prone to such manipulation practices between tax officers and tax payers, i.e. account representative, directorate for examination and asset seizure as well as directorate for tax objection. “The Gayus case prompts us to tighten internal control,” Tjiptarjo said.
In related development, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) caught a judge, Ibrahim, for accepting a bribe of around Rp300 million over a land dispute case. The KPK officials seized the money from him after he received it from lawyers, representing a client. (by Roffie Kurniawan)