KPK questions Bhakti Investama’s commissioner
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned on Wednesday Antonius Z. Tonbeng, an independent commissioner of investment company PT Bhakti Investama, for questioning in a bribery scandal allegedly implicating a tax official.
“He [Antonius] is being questioned as a suspect in a bribery case implicating PT Bhakti Investama,” acting KPK spokesman Priharsa Nugraha said on Wednesday.
Antonius refused to comment on the case, “I’m just here to fulfill the KPK’s summons,” he said as he arrived at the KPK office in Jakarta.
The immigration office has slapped a year’s travel ban on Antonius from June 8, in relation to the case.
The commissioner allegedly instructed a businessman who is believed to be connected with Bhakti Investama, James Gunarjo, to bribe an official with East Java’s Sidoarjo Tax Office, Tommy Hindratno. The KPK has named both James and Tommy suspects.
Bhakti Investama is believed to be seeking restitution amounting to Rp 3.4 billion (US$360,400) in supposedly overpaid taxes.
Aside of Antonius, the KPK has also summoned the CEO of Bhakti Investama, Hary Tanoesoedibjo, who has just joined the National Democratic (Nasdem) Party, for questioning in the case.