Two former Bank Century stakeholders to be tried in absentia

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - A Jakarta court is on Thursday (June 10) to begin the trial in absentia of two foreigners who absconded with Rp13 trillion of state-owned money when they were a commissioner and shareholder in the failed Bank Century.

Public prosecutors had completed the dossiers on former Bank Century commissioner Rivat Ali Rijvi and former shareholder Hesham Al Warouq, and submitted the documents to the Central Jakarta District Court for trial beginning on Thursday, Attorney General Hendarman Supandji said here Wednesday.

The two former Bank Century stakeholders had taken the money intended to bail out troubled Bank Century with them abroad, and were until now still at large. Therefore, they would be tried in absentia, Hendarman said.

Speaking at a meeting with the House of Representatives (DPR)`s Team Supervising the Legal Settlement of the Bank Century Bailout Scandal here, Hendarman said, after the foreigners had fled, his office had confiscated all their remaining asssets in Indonesia.

He also said, the two foreigners had once expressed their preparedness to return the money they had taken on condition they would not be prosecuted for corruption and money laundering.

"Of course, we refused to promise not to prosecute them," he said. One of the reasons for turning down the two foreigners` proposition was the fact that their cases were already being processed for trial in court.

The only thing the two former bankers could hope, if they returned the money, was that they would be given a lighter sentence by the court, Hendarman said at the meeting which was also attended by representatives of the Corruption Eradciation Commission (KPK) and the National Police.

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