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Why is it Only Me Going to Prison?

Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Fraud, Former Chairman of KADIN-Bali Wants to Know Why Co-Conspirators Aren’t Also Going in Trial

NusaBali reports that Anak Agung Ngurah Alit Wiraputra (52), the former chairman of the Bali Chapter of the Chamber of Commerce (KADIN), was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment on Thursday, August 15, 2019.

The prison sentence was handed down in the Denpasar District Court for Wiraputra’s involvement in fraud surrounding securing government permits and licenses in connection with the development of the Port of Benoa in South Denpasar.

Following the verdict, Wiraputra called on the Court to also bring to trial Putu Pasek Sandos Prawirottama and his associates for their involvement in the fraud. Sandos is the son of former Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika. During the course of the trial, testimony was offered alleging Sandoz was paid Rp. 16 billion to facilitate the licensing and permit process for the Port.

In rendering the verdict against Wiraputra the presiding judge cited Wiraputra’s failure to try to return funds to Sutrisno Lukito Disastro.

The sentence given to the former KADIN-Bali official was far less than the 3.5 years of prison sought by State Prosecutors.

Wiraputra complained of the failure of the Prosecutor and the Court to compel all those involved in the case to testify during the trial. “There’s the former Governor of Bali (2008-2018) Made Mangku Pastika, the former Provincial Secretary of Bali Tjokorda Ngurah Pemayun, and there's also I Ketut Lihadnyana. They are the ones with the documents. But, why weren’t they required to testify? The eight witnesses named in the interrogation records (BAP) were not called to the court by the Prosecutor,” complained Alit Wiraputra.

Wiraputra also commented after the trial that he was surprised that others who also received payments were untouched by the trial process. Adding: “Earlier, in the Court’s decision, it was stated that I received Rp. 16 billion. It was also stated that the funds held by mean were only Rp. 2.1 billion. So, where’s the remaining Rp. 14 billion? This has to be revealed.”

Continuing, Wiraputra, referring to Putu Pasek Sandos who is the son of Bali’s former Governor Made Mangku Pastika, said: “Those who received these funds must be processed in accordance with the law. I hope the police will process my report.”

During the trial process, the Public Prosecutors said the funds designated to obtain permits and licenses were distributed to Alit Wiraputra (Rp. 2,1 billion), Putu Pasek Sandos (Rp. 7.5 billion plus US$80,000), Chandra Wijaya (Rp. 4.5 billion), and Made Jayantara (Rp. 1.1 billion).

The case originated in 2011 when Sutrisno Lukito Disastro and his associate Abdul Satar came to Bali to invest in a new cruise ship passenger pier as part of the development of the Port of Benoa. Sutrisno reportedly asked Candra Wijaya to find someone capable of securing the needed permits for the project.

Candra Wijaya contacted Made Jayantara who, in turn, contacted Alit Wiraputra who was serving at that time as the vice-chairman of KADIN-Bali. Alit Wiraputra reportedly agreed to facilitate Sutrisno’s desire to have a meeting with the then-Governor of Bali, Made Mangku Pastika.

A meeting was held on November 23, 2011, at the Association of Young Entrepreneurs Office (HIPMI) in Sanur attended by Made Jayatara, Candra Wijaya, Alit Wiraputra, and Putu Pasek Sandos. The purpose of that meeting was to map a strategy to obtain the permits needed for the proposed passenger ship pier. At the meeting, Alit Wiraputra presented himself as the “adopted son” of Governor Pastika. As a result, Sutrisno became convinced that a meeting with the Governor would materialize and on February 23, 2012, until August 1, 2012, surrendered payments of Rp. 16.1 billion to Wiraputra.

Alit Wiraputra was arrested by the Bali Police at the Hotel Belligio in Jakarta on April 11, 2019, while he was a candidate for legislative office.

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