(AFP) – Jun 17, 2008
JAKARTA (AFP) — Indonesia's Supreme Court has become the latest institution to come under the spotlight of the country's aggressive anti-corruption drive, a report said Wednesday.
Investigators from the Corruption Eradication Commission confiscated documents from the court on Monday in search of evidence of embezzlement of administrative fees, the Jakarta Post reported.
"We are also going to check several Supreme Court bank accounts including one that is registered under the name of Supreme Court chief Bagir Manan," commission deputy chairman for prevention Haryono Umar was quoted as saying.
Auditors had found irregularities in the collection of court fees paid by parties to cases, amounting to some 3.4 million dollars in the 15 months to March this year.
The court had refused to allow auditors to examine its fee revenue on the basis that the payments were not a form of tax.
Umar said the commission would carry out its own audit of the court's administrative fees as part of the ongoing investigation.
The probe is the latest in a string of high-profile cases launched by the anti-corruption commission, which was established after the fall of the corrupt Suharto regime in the late 1990s.
One probe has found an alleged web of bribes and influence-peddling in the heart of the attorney general's office, while another resulted in the seizure of thousands of dollars in bribe money at a customs office last month.
Indonesia is one of the world's most corrupt countries and ranks 143rd on Transparency International's global corruption perceptions index, level with Russia, Togo and Gambia.
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