Money Laundering, Corruption Behind Salim´s Murder

Wednesday, 14 OCtober 2015 , 07:30:00 WIB - Corporate News

An armed police guarding suspects in the brutal murder of Salim Kancil, an environment activist, at the headquarters of the East Java Police, Surabaya, Wednesday (30/9). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – 'The main actors' behind the illegal sand mines in Lumajang Regency, East Java, that led to the brutal murder of Salim Kancil are still free. The police have named 33 suspects and are questioning corrupt police officers while the owners of the illegal mines have not been touched.

The House of Representatives Commission III has carried out investigations, in which they found that the murder of Salim Kancil was no ordinary crime as it may have involved money laundering committed by village chief Haryono.

A Commission III member Muslim Ayub is convinced that there are intellectual actors behind the case. He implicitly mentioned PT Indo Modern Mining Sejahtera (IMMS) as the mastermind.

Another Commission III member Dossy Iskandar Prasetyo from the Hanura faction even explicitly mentioned Setiadi Laksono Halim, or Jensey, the owner of PT IMMS. "Jensey is the president director of PT Mutiara Halim Lumajang. What is his background?" Dossy said. Dossy also demands the police to investigate into Jensey's mining business.

The Commission III also mentioned the potential involvement of a Lumajang Legislative Council member. However, the council's chairman Agus Wicaksono curiously grew angry when Jensey's name was mentioned: "I warn you, the media was in this forum when you mentioned Jensey. Jensey is very ill," he said.

Agus also expressed his displeasure when the investigators mentioned former Chief of the Lumajang Police, AKBP Aris Syahbudin and Jensey: "I can't accept it. I have been his friend. You have only been here for four hours, so you don't know the actual situation in Lumajang," he said with emotion.

Based on these suspicions, the Commission III demands the police to find out the mastermind and not just the field actors, who are already being questioned.

The Indonesia Police spokesperson Anton Charlyan assures that the police are still investigating into the case and will not stop with the 33 suspects. The police, he says, are still looking for the main actors and their investors.

The police are also investigating into three bad police officers who had allegedly been accepting bribes from the illegal sand mines.

CORRUPTION MONEY BEHIND MINES – Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam) activist Ki Bagus Hadikusumo said the police are still far from revealing the mastermind behind the illegal sand mines. This is evident from the fact that they only revealed the flow of the bribery money and have not made any investigations to find out where the sand was being delivered to.

Ki Bagus demands the police to reveal the corporations who were involved in the corruption that made it possible for the mining activities to take place, which in this case is strongly connected with PT IMMS. The country, he says, have been aggrieved billions of rupiah. "The investigators must look into this. The corruption is huge," said Ki Bagus to, Wednesday (13/10).

"The investigators must reveal the corporations who are buying the illegal sand. The police must also be bold to take action," Ki Bagus said.

Ki Bagus further revealed that the Public Prosecutor's Office of East Java had investigated into the illegal mines in 2010. The suspect was the former Regent of Lumajang. However, the case was never followed-up.

In the case, Development Finance Comptroller (BPKP) found the country had been aggrieved Rp5 billion and that was only from the unpaid retribution. The losses from the unpaid tax and royalties, which had not been included in the investigation, were far greater. "The police must investigate into this," Ki Bagus said.

Jatam and an environmental NGO will also ask the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to step in, especially as they have received a similar report that still needs to be followed-up.

MONEY LAUNDERING – The detained village chief Haryono admits he receives Rp426 million from the illegal mines, which distributes to security officers, village executives and activists.

Hariyono said activist Iksan Umar receives Rp250,000 a month. "He stopped receiving the money since this incident (the murder of Salim Kancil and the torture of Tosan)," said Hariyono, answering as a witness in the case involving three policemen, East Java, Monday (12/10).

Hariyono also revealed that Salim Kancil had also received Rp1 million. According to him, Salim went to his house again to demand more money, which was turned down because Saim has an illegal sand mine by the Mujur River, Lempeni Village.

"I admit that I had an illegal sand mine. Salim had one too," he said.

"I use the money to develop the tourism sites, build road access, to cover village costs and fund activities," Hariyono said.

However, the police suspects some of the money was used for Hariyono's personal interest and thus has also accused him of money laundering, in addition to his involvement in Salim's murder.

The East Java Police spokesperson Kombes Pol RP Argo Yuwono said Hariyono is being accused of money laundering as he used some of the money collected from illegal mines to buy property, movable and unmovable property, for his personal interest.

Based on the investigations, it was discovered that Hariyono bought a house, renovated another house and bought a Nissan Evalia automobile. "We have confiscated the Evalia as evidence," Argo said. (dtc)