Abuse of Power and Position?
Former Bali Deputy Governor Ketut Sudikerta Named Suspect in Pecatu Land Fraud
Bali Express reports that the former deputy-governor of Bali, I Ketut Sudikerta, was formally named a suspect by Provincial Police Headquarters on Friday, November 30, 2018. Sudikerta, who serves as the chairman of the Golkar Party in Bali, was charged by police in three separate cases of embezzlement, fraud, and money-laundering.
A written document issued by Agung Kanigoro Nusantoro of the Provincial Police says police strongly suspect Sudikerta committed fraud or embezzlement by using falsified documents and also participated in acts of money laundering. He is being charged under section 378 and 372 of the Criminal Code (KUHP) and Section 3 of Law Number 8 of 2010.
The spokesperson for the provincial police, Hengky Widjaja, refused further comment on the case except to say Sudikerta was named a suspect after undergoing examination from the Criminal Division of the Provincial Police.
Reporting separately, Beritabali.com said Sudikerta’s indictment is in connection with the fraud and embezzlement over land at Balangan, Pecatu in South Kuta valued at Rp. 150 billion. The investigation was commenced based on a report by the PT Maspion Group in Surabaya. Sudikerta’s wife, Ida Ayu Ketut Sri Sumiantini, has been named as a witness in the current case and could later also be indicted as a suspect.
The case dates back to 2013 when Sudikerta reported offered a subsidiary of the Maspion Group – PT Marindo Investama a 38,650 square meter plot of land (SHM 5048/Jimbaran) and 3,300 square meters of land (SHM16249/Jimbaran) both located in the Village of Balangan in Jimbaran.
The two parcels of land were owned by PT Pecatu Bangun Gemilang, a company in which Sudikerta’s wife served as Chief Commissioner. The CEO of the company was Gunawan Priambodo.
Following negotiations and some degree of due diligence, PT Marindo Investama declared its interest in purchasing the two parcels of land for Rp. 150 billion. The transaction was concluded in late 2013.
Several months after the purchase was concluded, it was discovered the land certificate covering the 38,650 square meter plot had been falsified. In the meantime, the 3,300 square meter plot had been sold to a third party. As the result of the false certificate, PT Marindo Investama suffered a loss of Rp. 150 billion.
Police investigations showed that Sudikerta offered the two parcels of land for sale, established PT Pecatu Bangun Gemilang, and shared the proceeds of the sale of the land.
A representative of the Maspion group complained: “We have already spent Rp. 150 billion, but we were lied to. We are unable to take possession of the land and have no rights over the two pieces of land.”
Sudikerta’s lawyer, Togar Situmorang told Beritabali.com that he was surprised by the indictment of his client. He said there were many errors in the police investigation, including the fact that Sudikerta was never directly involved in the subject property transaction. Togar said Sudikerta’s name is not on record with the ownership of PT Pecatu Bangun Gemilang and he was therefore considering trying to have the case against his client dismissed through the administrative court process.