Inmates bribe staff to get ‘luxury’ Indonesian prison cells
Cells with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs and private bathrooms were found in Sukamiskin prison, which holds former high-ranking officials
Inmates at a prison in Bandung, West Java, bribed prison staff to equip their cells with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs and private bathrooms, according to Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission.
The commission said inmates at Sukamiskin prison allegedly paid prison staff 200 to 500 million rupiah (US$13,769 to US$34,415) to renovate their cells, provide them with mobile phones and allow them to temporarily leave the prison, Jiji Press reported.
On Sunday during a raid of the prison, five people, including inmates and the warden, were arrested over the luxury cells. Febri Diansyah, a spokesman for the Corruption Eradication Commission, said nearly 300 million rupiah and two cars were seized. Diansyah said the money and cars were given to the warden as bribes.
Several prison cells reportedly had private bathrooms, full-sized refrigerators, coffee machines, microwave ovens and speakers. Diansyah said they had trouble opening some cells as the prisoners could control the locks.
“Investigators could not open the doors because the cell locks were suspected of being held by prisoners,” Diansyah said. Sukamiskin prison mainly holds former high-ranking officials and businessmen convicted of corruption.