Even though President Susilo
Bambang Yudhoyono has yet to receive official notice of the arrest of SKK Migas
chief Rudi Rubiandini, he has said the arrest will not affect the oil and gas
“The President learned about
the arrest from the media. He has not received a formal report from the energy
and mineral resources minister,” presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha
“But the President wants to
ensure the public that the management of the oil and gas upstream will remain
operational,” he added.
Commission (KPK) investigators arrested Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special
Task Force (SKK Migas) head Rudi Rubiandini at his house on Jl. Brawijaya,
South Jakarta, on Tuesday night for allegedly accepting bribes totaling
U$700,000 on two separate occasions from a foreign company.
Two people allegedly working
as middlemen for the company, as well as two security officers and a driver,
were also taken in for questioning.
KPK investigators also
confiscated a BMW motorbike, a black bag and a stack of documents.
Rudi was installed as SKK
Migas chief in January this year. He was previously deputy energy and mineral
resources minister. He was considered to have gained the President’s trust due
to being a capable man with in-depth knowledge of the oil and mineral