Prosecutor’s Office Reveals Extortion at Bali Airport, Confiscates IDR 100 Million News – 10 hours ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The Bali High Prosecutor’s Office has revealed the practice of illegal fees related to the fast track route at Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport. The illegal levies allegedly involved a number of Immigration office employees at the airport.

“The Bali High Prosecutor’s Office has carried out direct checks in the field at Ngurah Rai Airport to find out the truth of this information,” said Head of the Legal Information Section of the Bali Prosecutor’s Office, Putu Agus Eka Sabana, Wednesday (15/11/2023).

Fast track is the term for the priority immigration route at the airport to facilitate immigration checks for priority groups, such as elderly people, pregnant women, mothers with babies and migrant workers. This route should not be free of charge, but a number of Immigration officers are suspected of providing access to this route to those who are not entitled by charging a fee.

From the results of investigations in the field, Putu Agus said that Bali Prosecutor’s Office investigators found that this practice actually occurred. People who want to go through this route are allegedly charged between IDR 100 thousand and IDR 200 thousand per month.

“From this amount, IDR 100 million has been successfully seized which is suspected to be illegal profits obtained from this practice,” he said.

The prosecutor’s team, he said, arrested 5 people and then took them to the Bali High Prosecutor’s Office for questioning. From the results of the examination, he said, the prosecutor’s office named 1 person as a suspect, namely HS as Head of Inspection Section I of the TPI Ngurah Rai Special Class I Immigration Office.

“At least 2 pieces of evidence were obtained in the form of statements from witnesses, documentary evidence and evidence as well as indicative evidence,” he said.

HS is suspected of violating Article 12 letter a in conjunction with Article 12 letter b of Law Number 20 of 2001 concerning Amendments to Law Number 31 of 1999 concerning Eradication of Corruption Crimes in conjunction with Article 64 of the Criminal Code. The prosecutor’s office also officially detained HS for 20 days at the Kerobokan Prison Detention Center, Denpasar.

“In the midst of the government’s efforts to encourage the investment climate in the country, the practice that occurs at international airports as a showcase for the country is certainly felt to be damaging Indonesia’s image and the public service system,” said Putu Agus.

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