Jakarta. Antigraft prosecutors indicted lawyer Fredrich Yunadi on Thursday (08/02) on obstruction of justice charges in a graft case against his former client, Setya Novanto.
Setya, former House of Representatives speaker and former Golkar Party chairman, is currently on trial in the multimillion-dollar graft case involving procurement of national electronic identity cards (e-KTP).
Prosecutors said Fredrich colluded with Bimanesh Sutardjo, a doctor from the Medika Permata Hijau hospital in South Jakarta, to help Setya evade arrest, after he had failed to meet Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summonses.
"They had Setya hospitalized at the Medika Permata Hijau hospital to help him elude KPK investigators," prosecutor Fitroh Rohyanto said.
Setya was rushed to the hospital in mid-November, after a car accident.
Fitroh said Fredrich advised Setya to skip the summonses and lied about his client's whereabouts.
According to the prosecutors, Fredrich reserved one floor at the hospital for Setya and had Bimanesh issue a false medical report for the former speaker. Setya was diagnosed with hypertension, vertigo and diabetes without prior examination. Bimanesh is currently in KPK custody.
Prosecutors said that while KPK investigators were searching for Setya at his residence in Jakarta, the former Golkar Party chairman was watching the developments on television, in a hotel room in Sentul, Bogor, West Java.
After his first trial session, Fredrich accused the prosecutors of fabricating evidence against him. He will be defending himself on Feb. 15.
He could face up to 12 years in jail and a Rp 600 million ($44,076) fine, if convicted.