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Balinese King Facing Three Years in Prison for Property Fraud


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(4/6/2012)

Radar Bali reports that the 68-year-old King of Denpasar, Raja Ida Tjokorda Ngurah Jambe Pemeutan IX, more generally known as “Cok Samirana,” is facing the possibility of 3 years in prison if found guilty in a trial now underway in the Denpasar District Court.

In the latest court proceeding held on Thursday, April 5, 2012, a team of public prosecutors led by I Putu Supartha Jaya and I Ketut Terima Darsana told the panel of judges that the Raja has been proven guilty of criminal fraud against Ni Putu Lely Mawarni in a property transaction.

Based on the facts presented by prosecutors to the court, criminal misconduct by Cok Samirana had caused losses to Mawarni amounting to Rp. 7.6 billion (US$844,000).

Prosecutors told the court that the King’s guilt was made all the more onerous not only by the loss suffered by the victim, but also the psychological pain he had inflicted by his thievery. In addition, prosecutors said that the King’s criminal behavior was inappropriate for a well known and respected public figure. Considering mitigating factors in the King’s favor, prosecutors cited Cok Samirana’s polite demeanor throughout the course of the trial. Considering all side, the prosecutors are seeking a 3-year prison sentence for the member of Denpasar’s royalty.

Upon hearing the sentence demands, Samarina, who was accompanied by his lawyer I Gusti Made Arya, said he would prepare a written defense. The court gave the King until Wednesday, April 24, 2012, at which time he must once again attend the court and read his written defense.

Prior to Thursday’s hearing, Samirana asked for the court session to be postponed for one week to allow him to return the money lost by the victim. The prosecutors and the panel of judges told the King that the trial would proceed and that Samirana could elect to return the stolen funds at any time prior to final sentencing.

The case against the King traces back to 2006 when the victim, Lely Sri Mawarni, attempted to purchase land from Samirana measuring 10 hectares on Jalan Badak Agung in the Renon, sub district of Denpasar. The parcel is reportedly owned by the Satria Palace (Puri Satria) - the royal household Pemecutan. The land was offered at a price of Rp. 75 million (US$8,300) per are (100 square meters). After reaching an agreement on the price, Lely paid a deposit of Rp. 15 billion (US$1.7 million) to be spread over three installments. When the woman made a second installment payment of Rp. 7.6 billion (US$844,000), she requested the opportunity to view the original land certificates for the parcel.

The King allegedly promised the woman that he would present the original land certificates and, on the basis of that understanding, she attended the office of a Notary, Gusti Ngurah Oka, to complete the down payment of Rp. 15 billion. The King, however, was unable to present the promised original land certificates for the parcel.

Later developments saw formal letters filed by the Satria Palace objecting to the sale, insisting that the land on Jalan Badak Agung belonged to the royal household and was not for sale.

The trial resumed on April 24th when Cok Samirana will present his defense.
 


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