KPK quizzes ex-Garuda Indonesia CEO over Rolls Royce graft case
The Jakarta Post
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned ex-Garuda Indonesia CEO Emirsyah Satar over a graft case involving United Kingdom-based aircraft engines company Rolls Royce, which implicated him and another suspect, Soetikno Soedarjo, on Friday.
“I was cooperative [with the KPK]. I gave my statement and hopefully this case can be resolved quickly,” Emirsyah told reporters after the questioning.
KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah said the investigators asked Emirsyah rudimentary questions, citing that this was only his first questioning as a suspect in the case.
“We’ll delve deeper into his role when he led Garuda. [...] The investigators will examine whether he used his authority appropriately,” he said in a press briefing.
The case centers on the procurement of 50 Airbus planes by the national flag carrier between 2005 and 2014, during Emirsyah’s reign as Garuda’s president director.
Soetikno allegedly acted as a broker between Rolls Royce and Garuda in an attempt for the latter to secure major deals to provide aircraft engines to at least 12 countries, including Indonesia.
The KPK believes the case is part of a transnational crime and currently is working with the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau of Singapore in investigating the case. (mrc/dan)
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