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Five Suspects Named in Connection with Indonesia Identification Documents for Foreigners in Bali

March 15, 2023, 08.16 PM

DENPASAR, – Prosecution Office in Bali’s capital of Denpasar named five suspects in a bribery case related to the issuance of Indonesian identity cards (KTP), family cards (KK), and birth certificates for Syrian national MNZ, 31, and Ukrainian national KR, 37.

The suspects include IWS, a village head in South Denpasar, and IKS, a part-time worker at the North Denpasar sub-district office, who are suspected of receiving the bribes.

Meanwhile, an Indonesian woman identified as NKM, along with MNZ and KR are suspected of offering bribes.

According to Denpasar Prosecutor’s Office head Rudy Hartono, the suspects were identified following an investigation, which was based on a search warrant dated March 6.

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"Based on the results of the initial evidence from the investigation, the Prosecution Office in Denpasar has named five suspects today namely Syrian national MNZ, Ukrainian national KR, IWS, IKS, and NKM," he told a press conference on Wednesday, March 15.

Rudy said the case was revealed when MNZ and KR were arrested for possessing KTPs during a joint operation by the Foreigner Supervision Team some time ago. After collecting data and information, the Denpasar Prosecutor's Office's Intelligence Team found evidence of violations in the issuance of birth certificates, KTPs, and KKs for the two foreign nationals.

He revealed that the case began when the two foreign nationals wanted to obtain Indonesian IDs to purchase land, property, and open a bank account.

NKM then introduced them to PNP, IKS, and IWS, who could assist them in obtaining the necessary identification documents.

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PNP is known to be a member of the Indonesian Military (TNI), who is currently under investigation by the TNI Military Police in Kodam (regional military command) IX/Udayana for involvement in the case.

"In the process, PNP, IKS, and IWS helped the foreign nationals to fill out all the forms and requirements for obtaining KTP and KK, including uploading the data to the population and civil registration application in Denpasar," he said.

MNZ then obtained an identity card, family card, and birth certificate under the name Agung Nizar Santoso on Sept. 19, 2022, while KR received similar identification documents under the name Alexandre Nur Rudi in November 2022.

To obtain the necessary identification documents, MNZ paid 15 million rupiah ($970), and KR paid 31 million rupiah ($2,000) in bribes.

"Each suspect is charged with corruption under Article 5, with one as the giver of the money and the other as the receiver of the money," he said.

This article has been translated from Indonesian, partly with the help of an artificial intelligence tool.

(Writer: Yohanes Valdi Seriang Ginta | Editor: Krisiandi)


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