In 2011 and 2012, several judges were arrested on charges of corruption. One of the judges was found guilty of passive bribery in a commercial case and sentenced to four years in prison, according to the Transformation Index 2014. The Investment Climate Statement 2013 reports that the Constitutional Court Chief Justice, Akil Mochtar, was charged with corruption in October 2013. Mochtar has allegedly received a USD 262,000 bribe to affect the court’s ruling and issue a favourable verdict in an election dispute. Remarkably, in the process of investigation, the graft commission has found and subsequently confiscated cash and assets worth more than USD 16 million belonging to Aki Mochtar, according to a January 2014 article by FOX News.
According to the Human Rights Report 2013, in 2012, NGOs have implicated 84 anti-corruption court judges for engaging in corruption. The report also claims that key individuals in the judicial system were accused of accepting bribes and of not acting on suspicious practices of certain government offices. Moreover, prosecution, conviction and sentencing in both civil and criminal cases are allegedly influenced by bribes and extortion.
District court judge Syarifuddin Umar is an example of a judge who received punishment as a consequence of his corrupt actions. According to a February 2012 article by the Jakarta Post, Syarifuddin was convicted of accepting bribes while handling a case in relation to the conversion of a land status; he was sentenced to four years in prison.