Head of the Center for Legal Information at the Attorney General's Office (Kapuspenkum Kejagung) Ketut Sumedana said that the application of the element of state losses in a number of corruption cases provides legal certainty and benefits in ensuring the protection of public economic rights. "This is a consideration for the need to implement the state economy in certain cases that are now being handled by the Attorney General's Office because the most important thing is how the economic rights of the community can be guaranteed and protected," Sumedana said , in Jakarta, Monday.
The cases that Sumedana refers to are related to the export-import and illegal control of state land which directly impacts the interests of the wider community. He conveyed this statement in relation to the alleged corruption case of control over 37,095 hectares of palm oil land by PT Duta Palma Group which cost the country's economy Rp104 trillion.
With the guaranteed protection of the economic rights of the community, Sumedana believes that the economic circulation and the circulation of money in the community can move continuously and not be disturbed by the interests of individuals, groups, and groups who are only looking for temporary profits.
"If the implementation of elements of the state's economy can be applied consistently, this will become a scourge that is feared by corruptors," he said.
He explained that impoverishing corruptors can be done through aggressive actions by confiscation of corporate and personal assets, assets affiliated with perpetrators and corporations including families, even more extreme measures, namely blocking all accounts of perpetrators and being affiliated with criminals.
"The Attorney General and his staff no longer only apply elements of state losses, but dare to develop and expand with elements of the state economy because here it is not about courage but more about certainty and the benefits of the law itself," he said.
The case that was proven in the application of elements of the state economy, said Sumedana, was the case of textile exports by PT Peter Garmindo Prima and PT Flemings Indo Batam with Supreme Court Decision Number 4952 K/Pid.sus/2021 dated December 8, 2021.
"Whereas in his consideration, he stated that due to the misuse of import permits, there was a surge in the number of imported goods that had the potential to harm domestic textile products, and caused the closure of a number of textile factories, MSMEs, and also resulted in massive layoffs," he said.
In addition, due to the decline in domestic production, the share of the domestic market has decreased and this has affected the banking industry, which has provided loans to textile factories that were closed and unable to pay their installments.
This is what the Attorney General's Office considers regarding the need to apply the state's economic measures in certain cases, he said.
"The state's economy is not an immaterial impact, but the excesses that are real losses are felt by the state and society, so they don't hallucinate in indicting or suspecting criminals," said Sumedana.