2 former Merpati directors suspected in Boeing case
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has named two former directors of national flag carrier Merpati Nusantara Airlines as suspects in a graft case surrounding the leasing of two Boeing airplanes.
AGO spokesman Noor Rachmad said the suspects were a former Merpati managing director, whom he referred to as H.N., and a former finance director, G.A.
Noor declined to name them.
“They were officially named suspects on Aug. 16, 2011,” he said as quoted by Antara news agency.
Tempointeraktif.com reported that Merpati had made a deal with US-based Thirdstone Aircraft Leasing Group Inc. in December 2006 to lease a Boeing 737-400 and a Boeing 737-500.
Merpati paid a US$1 million security deposit, but the planes did not arrive by the agreed upon date in February 2007. The AGO says this caused losses to the state.
The AGO has questioned a number of former members of Merpati’s board of directors, including Hotasi Nababan and Cucuk Suryosuprojo, in relation to the case.