KPK questions former Air Force chief as witness in chopper case

Kharishar Kahfi

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta

Jakarta, posted: Wed, January 3, 2018 | 06:34 pm

Get to the summons: Former Air Force chief of staff marshal (Ret.) Agus Supriatna speaks to journalists after he was questioned over alleged graft surrounding the procurement of an Agusta-Westland presidential helicopter at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta on Jan. 3.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned on Wednesday former Air Force chief of staff marshal (Ret.) Agus Supriatna over alleged graft surrounding the procurement of an Agusta-Westland presidential helicopter.

The KPK had summoned him twice in the last two months for questioning but he failed to fulfill both summonses.

Accompanied by several Air Force officers, Agus was questioned as a witness in the commission’s investigation into graft suspect Irfan Kurnia Saleh, the CEO of military equipment supplier Diratama Jaya Mandiri.

Speaking to journalists after the questioning, Agus expressed hope that all parties keep the legal case low-profile as efforts were underway to settle it.

“We will work together to resolve it. There is no need to be noisy,” he said, refusing to answer additional questions.

The Indonesian Military (TNI) identified six TNI officers who were allegedly involved in graft related to the procurement of a helicopter from Italian-British manufacturing company Agusta-Westland.

The six military officers, along with another person who was named a suspect by the KPK, had allegedly collaborated in the purchase of the chopper, despite President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo's order to cancel the purchase. The alleged graft reportedly resulted in Rp 224 billion (US$16 million) in state losses. (vla/ebf)

 

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