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Linda Trianita reports on corruption and criminal issues and currently oversees Tempo’s legal desk as an editor.

The Brawijaya University graduate joined Tempo in 2013 and is involved in multiple international programs such Tempo institute’s Investigation with Tempo (IBT) and the Free Press Unlimited report on the use of palm plantation lands by multinational corporations.

Linda also participated in the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum 2018 in Norway.


Bank Indonesia Liquidity Assistance (BLBI) Task Force confiscates the assets of Tommy Suharto’s Timor Putra Nasional, in Karawang, West Java, November 5.
BLBI Task Force Doc.
The trial of the corruption of Islamic boarding school grant with one of the defendants, former chief of People’s Welfare Bureau Irvan Santoso (seen on monitor, wearing a white mask), at the Serang Corruption Court, Banten, October 18.
Photo: Muhammad Iqbal
Chief of Public Relations of the South Sulawesi Police, Sr. Comr. E. Zulpan giving information regarding the alleged rape case in East Luwu, October 8.
Tempo/ Didit Hariyadi
KPK Chair Firli Bahuri (second from left) and National Police Chief Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo (center), after a meeting at the KPK Building, Jakarta, February 9, 2020.
Tempo/Imam Sukamto
Elder Malamoi (right) walking with the Regent of Sorong, Jhony Kamuru in Aimas, Sorong Regency, West Papua, September 10. The Malamoi indigenous people together with the Indonesian Malamoi Intellectual Association (PIMI) show their support for Jhony Kamuru who is sued by palm oil companies for revoking their licenses, at the Jayapura State Administrative Court (PTUN).
Antara/Olha Beginnda
Students in the face-to-face learning at Pondok Labu 14 State Elementary School, South Jakarta, August 3. A total of 610 schools in the capital city held limited face-to-face learning with strict health protocols.
Antara/Sigid Kurniawan
KPK investigator Stepanus Robin Pattuju at the indictment reading in the Corruption Court, Jakarta, September 13.
Tempo/Imam Sukamto
South Sumatran Police Chief Insp. Gen. Firli Bahuri (left) shakes hands with the Chairman of the Law Commission of the DPR, Aziz Syamsudin, after participating in the fit-and-proper test of the candidates for KPK leadership at the DPR, Jakarta, September 9, 2019.
Tempo/Amston Probel
House Deputy Speaker Aziz Syamsuddin in an online follow-up trial as a witness with the defendant non-active Tanjungbalai Mayor, M. Syahrial, conducted by the Medan Corruption Crime Court from the Corruption Eradication Commission building, Jakarta, July 26.
Tempo/Imam Sukamto
Probolinggo Regent Puput Tantriana Sari wearing the orange detainee vest after being questioned by the KPK at the KPK building, Jakarta, August 31. The KPK arrested Puput Tantriana Sari and her husband Hasan Aminuddin, and secured evidence of Rp326,500,000, in a sting operation on August 30 for their involvement in the alleged bribery case related to the selection of village heads in Probolinggo Regency.
Antara/Hafidz Mubarak A

The End of Probolinggo’s Corrupt Couple

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators arrested Probolinggo Regent Puput Tantriana Sari and her husband Hasan Aminuddin, for their alleged involvement in trading administrative appointments. The KPK has been following this possible corruption case for two years, but was unsuccessful to make arrests until now as sting operation plans were frequently leaked.

Law Edisi : Monday, 6 September 2021

West Sumatra BPBD office, August 26.
Tempo/Irwanda Saputra
Former South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin (center) after being questioned at the Attorney General’s Office, Jakarta, July 29. Alex Noerdin was investigated in connection with the alleged corruption in the construction of the Sriwijaya Great Mosque in Palembang which cost the state finances Rp116 billion.
Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso

Sumsel 1 on the Second Page

Former governor of South Sumatra, Alex Noerdin, is implicated in the Sriwijaya Grand Mosque construction graft case. A record held by the project management shows that billions of rupiah were given to “Sumsel 1,” a code suspected to refer to the number one person in the province.

Law Edisi : Monday, 23 August 2021

Alex Noerdin in Jakarta, May 2018.
Tempo/M.Taufan Rengganis
Hoegeng Iman Santoso at the beginning of his career as the National Police chief, 1968.
Family Doc.
The South Sumatra Police Chief Insp. Gen. Eko Indra Heri when explaining the Rp2 trillion donation hoax in his office, August 6.
Tempo/Linda Trianita
The South Sumatra Police Chief Insp. Gen. Eko Indra Heri (left) accepts a donation of Rp2 trillion from the late entrepreneur Akidi Tio’s family for Covid-19 handling, July 26.
South Sumatra Police’s Doc.

Anxiously Waiting for Rp2 Trillion

South Sumatra Police Chief Insp. Gen. Eko Indra Heri admitted his negligence of too quickly believing a promised donation of Rp2 trillion from the family of Akidi Tio. Intended to help Covid-19 mitigation efforts, the inheritance is allegedly fictitious. The donator, Heryanti, has only Rp3.2 million in her bank account.

Law Edisi : Monday, 9 August 2021

An officer holds the evidence of lobster larvae at the Palembang customs supervision and service office, South Sumatra, June 18.
Antara/Nova Wahyudi

New Power to Investigate Money Laundering

Investigators at government ministries and state institutions now have the authority to investigate money-laundering cases. The Constitutional Court granted the request for a material review of Article 74 of the Law on the Prevention and Eradication of Money Laundering, and cancelled the interpretation that only six institutions has the right to hunt down those committing that crime. This has the potential to return over tens of trillion of rupiah of state funds.

Law Edisi : Monday, 2 August 2021

KPK investigator Muchamad Praswad Nugraha (right) leads the reconstruction of the social affairs ministry’s social assistance corruption case at the KPK’s ACLC building, Jakarta, in February.
Tempo/Imam Sukamto

Between Techniques and Ethics

The Supervisory Board of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) found two investigators in a corruption case involving Covid-19 pandemic social assistance guilty of committing ethics violations. The Board considered the investigators had harassed and abused a witness in that case. There is concern that this will affect the verdict in the trial of former Minister of Social Affairs Juliari Peter Batubara.

Law Edisi : Monday, 26 July 2021

Member of the KPK’s Supervisory Board, Albertina Ho, during an interview and photo session with Tempo at the old KPK building, Jakarta, Wednesday, January 2020.
Tempo/M Taufan Rengganis/File Photo
Pinangki Sirna Malasari, defendant in the Djoko Tjandra bribery case in the arrangement of the Supreme Court’s verdict, in a verdict reading trial at the Corruption Court, Jakarta, in February. Pinangki was sentenced to 10 years in prison plus a fine of Rp600 million, subsidiary to 6 months in prison.
Antara/ Reno Esnir
Imported gold bearing Heraeus Fine Gold 999.9 weighing 1,000 grams at the Soekarno-Hatta Type C Customs Office in 2020. 
Special Photo
Corruption Eradication Commission Chairman Firli Bahuri
Tempo/Imam Sukamto

What Would Be My Interest in Making a List?

Corruption Eradication Commission Chairman Commissioner General Firli Bahuri is suspected to have initiated the elimination of 75 employees. There are reports that Firli had created a list of names of people to be dismissed from the KPK even before the status transfer to civil servants was discussed. Firli denied these allegations in this interview.

Cover Story Edisi : Monday, 7 June 2021

Cho Ju-bin, leader of South Korea’s online sexual blackmail ring 'Nth room', walks out of a police station as he is transferred to a prosecutor's office in Seoul, South Korea, in March 2020.
Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji/Pool
Santri City Alliance Against Sexual Violence demonstration at the East Java Regional Police, in 2020.
Hilda Meilisa Rinanda/detikcom.
Watu Putih Resort in Malangan, Borobudur subdistrict, Magelang, Central Java, March 29. The luxurious property is suspected of belonging to Angin Prayitno Aji, a tax bribery suspect and former director for inspection of the taxation directorate-general.
Tempo/Shinta Maharani

Angin at Menoreh Hill

The Corruption Eradication Commission KPK is looking into a resort owned by the former director of the Directorate General for Tax Audit and Collection, Angin Prayitno Aji. There is suspicion the money came from tax bribery. Many of the assets are under other people’s names.

Law Edisi : Monday, 26 April 2021

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD greets journalists during his visit to Surabaya, East Java, March 17.
Antara/Didik Suhartono

If They Don't Pay, We Will Go After Them

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mohammad Mahfud Md. is threatening debtors of the Bank Indonesia Liquidity Assistance (BLBI) funds, including Sjamsul Nursalim, with sequestering (gijzeling) if they fail to pay what they owe to BLBI. They can also face criminal charges.

Law Edisi : Monday, 19 April 2021

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD (right) greeted by the Attorney General ST Burhanuddin as at the Attorney General’s Office, Jakarta, March 15.
Tempo/Hilman Fathurrahman W
Dian Yulia Novi (second from left), arrested in 2016 on suspicion of plotting to blow herself up outside the Presidential Palace in Jakarta during a changing of the guard ceremony, stands trial along with her husband Muhammad Nur Solihin (second from right) and co-defendants Ika Puspita Sari (left) and Agus Supriyadi in a court in Jakarta in June 2017.
Reuters/Agoes Rudianto
Police officers looking at a motorcycle used by the suicide bombers outside the Makassar Cathedral Church in South Sulawesi, March 29.
Antara/Arnas Padda
Chief, Comr. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar, leads an internal meeting at the BNPT, March 15.
A laptop showing Rizieq Shihab’s trial at the East Jakarta District Court, Jakarta, March 26.
Antara/Galih Pradipta
The Rp52.3 billion confiscated money in the lobster larvae export corruption case at the Corruption Eradication Commission building, Jakarta, March 15.
Tempo/Imam Sukamto
The Directorate-General of Taxation headquarters in Jakarta, March 4.

Secret Tax Negotiations

The Corruption Eradication Commission is scrutinizing alleged tax audit bribery by 165 companies. Only three cases have been elevated into an investigation status, with estimated corruption reaching to Rp50 billion. One of these companies is owned by coal businessman Andi Syamsuddin Arsyad, known as Haji Isam.


Cover Story Edisi : Monday, 8 March 2021

A villa belonging to Gories Mere in Kerangan, Torro Lemma Batu Kallo, East Nusa Tenggara, sits on a 30-hectare land.
Tempo/ Akhyar M. Nur
Former Pelindo II CEO Richard Joost Lino after the pre-trial hearing of the container cranes procurement corruption case at the South Jakarta District Court, April 26, 2016. 
Tempo/Wisnu Agung Prasetyo
Cristian Jaya Kusuma alias Sancai, a drug dealer held at the Pekalongan prison, is escorted out from the Provincial Narcotics Agency (BNNP) office in Semarang, Central Java, to be taken to Jakarta, January 2018.
Tempo/STR/Budi Purwanto
The distribution of social assistance for 1,590 food packages from the Ministry of Social Affairs for residents in Gunung Kidul and 2,206 food packages from the Ministry of Social Affairs for residents in  Bantul, Yogyakarta, November 2020. 
Dok. Ministry of Social RI

Aid Packages for the Red Party

A number of PDI-P’s elite members allegedly benefiting from the social affairs ministry’s aid project meant for people impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. With several businessmen in their pockets, the party’s officials received quotas of millions of packages. Puan Maharani’s name is mentioned in the investigation.

Cover Story Edisi : Monday, 25 January 2021

National Police Deputy Chief, Comr. Gen. Pol. Gatot Eddy Pramono (right) and Police Security Maintenance Agency Chief, Comr. Gen. Pol. Agus Andrianto (left), at Merak Port, Banten, last December.
Antara/Asep Fathulrahman
Listyo Sigit Prabowo (left) when serving as adjutant to President Joko Widodo, at the State Palace, December  2015.
Tempo Doc./Aditia Noviansyah
Social Affairs Minister Juliari Batubara handing out social aid to people impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic at a temporary shelter in Tanah Abang, Jakarta, last June. TEMPO/Hilman Fathurrahman W

Social Aid Kickbacks for the Bull Party

Social Affairs Minister Juliari Batubara’s team members are allegedly collecting fees from companies appointed to provide social aid packages. Newly established companies were appointed by the team. The social aid project is said to be controlled by a number of politicians and state officials. There is indication that some of the money went to regional head candidates from the PDI-P.

Cover Story Edisi : Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Pongky Erwandi van den Broeke at the nutmeg oil distillation facility in his plantation in Banda Besar Island, Banda Naira, Central Maluku. TEMPO/Linda Trianita

The Last Perkenier of Banda Naira

NUTMEG, the main commodity of the Banda Naira islands, had its heyday in the 16th century. The Dutch, through the Dutch East-Indies Company (VOC), even sent 37 perkeniers (plantation owners) from the Netherlands to Banda to manage the plantations, in order to cover the nutmeg monopoly supply for Europe’s market. Only one descendant remains of the 16th-century perkeniers: Pongky Erwandi van den Broeke, who manages 12.5 hectares of land. He was the victim of unrest in 1999.

Interlude Edisi : Monday, 14 December 2020

Edhy Prabowo (center) during the whiteleg shrimp harvest in Margasari village, East Lampung, Lampung, last July. ANTARA/Ardiansyah

A Car for a Prospective Queen

Edhy Prabowo is suspected of ordering his men to purchase luxury watches using bribe funds given in connection with the export of lobster larvae. There are also indications that he purchased at least two automobiles, one of them purportedly given to a beauty pageant finalist.

National Edisi : Monday, 14 December 2020

Taufik Hidayat (left) after being questioned as a witness on the suspected bribery of the youth affairs and sports ministry, at the KPK building, Jakarta, August 2019./TEMPO/Muhammad Hidayat
The trial of the case of the grant funds from the sports ministry to KONI with defendant former youth affairs and sports minister Imam Nahrawi is broadcast live online from the KPK building, Jakarta, last June./TEMPO/Imam Sukamto

Two Investigations, No Breaks

The Attorney General’s Office has not named any suspects involving the corruption of grant funds from the youth affairs and sports ministry, which has been under investigation since 2018. The Corruption Eradication Commission is ready to look into a bribery effort intended to stop the investigation into the case.

Law Edisi : Monday, 7 December 2020

Suspect Edhy Prabowo shortly before his first questioning at the KPK, Jakarta, November 26./TEMPO/Muhammad Hidayat

lobster export Kickbacks

Maritine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo and several Gerindra Party politicians profited from lobster larvae exports, from permit kickbacks to marking up shipping cost. The money is believed to have gone to Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto’s security company.

Cover Story Edisi : Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Frans Josua Napitu (left) at the #PapuanLivesMatter rally in Semarang, Central Java, last June./ Josua Napiitu

whistleblower under pressure

A student of the Semarang State University is accused of being supporters of the Free Papua Organization after he went to the Corruption Eradication Commission reporting an alleged corruption by the rector. He and his friends receive repeated pressure from the campus.

Law Edisi : Monday, 23 November 2020

Police Criminal Investigation Division (Bareskrim) Chief Comr. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo at the Bareskrim Building, Jakarta, September 7./ TEMPO/Muhammad Hidayat
A Rainbow Flag at Police Headquarters/Illustration/Tempo/Gatot P.
The signing of the cooperation agreement between the Indonesian and South Korean defense ministries on the purchase of T-50 training jets made by South Korea and CN-235 aircraft made by Dirgantara Indonesia./TEMPO/Subekti
Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro (third from right) with East Kalimantan Governor Awang Faroek Ishak (second from right) witness the signing of the hand-over of Bell-412EP helicopters from the East Kalimantan Province at Dirgantara Indonesia, Bandung, West Java, July 2013./TEMPO doc./Aditya Herlambang

Dirgantara’s Tribute to the Military

Dirgantara Indonesia allegedly paid Rp178.98 billion in kickbacks to generals and middle-grade officials in the defense ministry, Indonesian Military (TNI), and officials at other ministries. The money is taken from aircraft and helicopter procurement and maintenance projects, which were run by the state-owned aircraft manufacturer from 2008 to 2016. Dirgantara labels the money as ‘marketing fee’ using fictitious partners.

Cover Story Edisi : Monday, 26 October 2020

A participant of the Thursday action holds an umbrella with “Resolve the 1965 Tragedy” writing at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, October 5, 2017./TEMPO/Ilham Fikri
Police officers stood by watching heavy machinery levelled the land for the Mandalika International Street Circuit project, September 13./Abdul Latif Apriaman
Suspect Andi Irfan Jaya after questioning at the Attorney General’s Office, Jakarta, September 2. ANTARA/Galih Pradipta
Anugerah Citra Cendana’s factory in Muara Ciwidey, Bandung Regency, West Java./TEMPO/Iqbal T. Lazuardi

The Red and Green Tracks

The East Java Attorney General’s Office is investigating suspected wrongdoing in the importation of 69 containers of textiles through Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya. The names of two members of the House of Representatives have come up amid the preliminary investigation.

Law Edisi : Monday, 31 August 2020

Prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari (right) and Joko Soegiarto Tjandra./Special photo
The suspect of embezzlement of Bank BNI’s money, Maria Pauline Lumowa, in the press conference at the National Police Criminal Division, Jakarta, July 10./TEMPO/Muhammad Hidayat
Joko S. Tjandra giving testimonies at the Central Jakarta District Court, July 2001./TEMPO doc./Amatoel Rayyani
Joko Soegiarto Tjandra at the South Jakarta District Court, 2000./TEMPO doc./Bernard Chaniago

The one who got away

Fugitive in the Bank Bali debt case, Joko Soegiarto Tjandra, evaded immigration records when he entered and left Indonesia. The Attorney General’s Office and National Police blame each other. The Interpol National Central Bureau may have been behind the red notice’s revocation.

Cover Story Edisi : Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Lexus car suspectedly owned by Maya Miranda Ambarsari said to bear fake Bakamla plate number/special photo
Work activities at the construction project of the Indonesian International Islamic University in Cimanggis, June 22./TEMPO/Riky Ferdianto
The suspect of the St. Herkulanus Church sexual abuse case at the Depok Police Headquarters, June 15./TEMPO/Ade Ridwan
Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia’s imported meat carcasses at the Bosco wharehouse, Muara Baru, Jakarta, 2016. Special Photo
Corruption Eradication Commission Chairman Firli Bahuri (second from left) talking to Supervisory Council Chairman Tumpak Hatorangan Panggabean (left) at the KPK building, Jakarta, last March./TEMPO/Imam Sukamto
Containers carrying imported waste at the Tanjung Priok Port, Jakarta, September 2019./ANTARA/Didik Suhartono

The Foul Smell of Imported Waste

Customs directorate-general uncovered a scandal over the import of plastic scrap containing hazardous and toxic waste exceeding the limit. Of the dozen importers, only one has been prosecuted. There are suspicions of lobbying to a number of House of Representatives members.

Law Edisi : Tuesday, 28 April 2020

KPK leaders of 2019-2023 after their oath-taking ceremony at the State Palace, Jakarta, December 2019./Cabinet Secretariat doc.
Chief Justice Hatta Ali (center) delivering his 2019 annual report at the Supreme Court’s plenary session in Jakarta, last February./ANTARA/Sigid Kurniawan
A man suspected to be Harun Masiku is recorded in Soekarno-Hatta Airport CCTV, in Tangerang, Banten, January 7, 5:15pm. Istimewa

The Harun Mystery

KPK leadership appears to be keeping Harun Masiku’s whereabouts secret, stating that he was overseas prior to the series of arrest operations. Tempo’s investigation found that Harun was in the capital city during KPK sting operations. While investigating the bribery case implicating KPU member, Wahyu Setiawan, KPK’s investigation team has been met with great challenges without the full support of the agency’s leadership.

Cover Story Edisi : Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Hasto Kristiyanto giving a press statement prior to the National Work Meeting I and the 47th Anniversary of PDI-P at the party’s central board office, Jakarta, January 8./ANTARA/Indrianto Eko Suwarso

Under Tirtayasa’s Protection

The KPK failed to arrest PDI-P Secretary-General Hasto Kristiyanto in a graft case involving KPU commissioner, Wahyu Setiawan. Investigators were instead apprehended by a group of police officers at the Police Staff College. Leaders of the anti-graft agency are ignoring evidence of Hasto’s involvement.

Cover Story Edisi : Monday, 13 January 2020

From Eagle Eyes to Kelapa Dua/Tempo
Former Supreme Court Secretary, Nurhadi Abdurachman, giving witness at the case of former Lippo Group boss, Eddy Sindoro, in a special court hearing concerning gratuities and promissories forwarded during application for review at the Central Jakarta District Court in the Corruption Court, Jakarta, January 21, 2019./TEMPO/Imam Sukamto
Former KPK chief, Agus Rahardjo, congratulates the new chairman, Firli Bahuri, in the official hand-over ceremony at the KPK Building, Jakarta, December 20. TEMPO/Imam Sukamto

Leisurely Weekends for KPK Staff

KPK’s performance has weakened since its law revision came into effect on October 17, with no sting operations performed in the past two months. Furthermore, wiretapping—the ultimate weapon for catching corrupt government officials—has not been performed at full capacity. A number of cases are predicted to go unresolved under the new leadership. The KPK is no longer a feared institution.

Cover Story Edisi : Monday, 23 December 2019

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani (second from right) and SOEs Minister Erick Thohir (right) exhibit the illegal Harley-Davidson spareparts and Brompton bicycles which were smuggled inside the new Garuda Indonesia aircraft Airbus A330-900 Neo, in Jakarta, December 5.  TEMPO/Tony Hartawan
Former Lippo Cikarang CEO, Bartholomeus Toto, after questioning, at the KPK Building, Jakarta, November 20./ ANTARA/Indrianto Eko Suwarso
Akbar Himawan Buchari (left) and Bobby Nasution./akbarbuchari’s instagram
Police conduct a crime scene invetigation on the case of the death of Golfried Siregar in Medan, October 9./Tempo/Sahat Simatupang

The Last Coffee for the Activist

The death of lawyer and environment activist Golfried Siregar remains a mystery. An investigation by Tempo and the North Sumatra Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence uncovered discrepancies of facts in the police report. Suspicion for murder is in the air.

Law Edisi : Monday, 11 November 2019

Yul Dirga (center) after questioninf at the KPK Building, Jakarta, October 3./TEMPO/Imam Sukamto

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