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Jokowi 's brother-in-law denies involvement in tax fraud

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Jakarta | Mon, March 20, 2017 | 02:55 pm
Jokowi 's brother-in-law denies involvement in tax fraud Handang Soekarno (center, in orange shirt), an official from the Finance Ministry’s Directorate General of Taxation, leaves the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building after an interrogation on Nov.22. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak A.)

A graft case implicating businessman Ramapanicker Rajamohanan Nair and tax official Handang Soekarno has brought President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s brother-in-law, Arif Budi Sulistyo, into the fold, as he gave testimony in his capacity as a witness in the case’s hearing on Monday.

Arif, who is the operational director of Rakabu Sejahtera – the flagship company of Jokowi’s extended family, acknowledged that he had helped Ramapanicker in his effort to get his company – PT Eka Prima Indonesia – to take part in the tax amnesty.  

“I asked Pak Mohan to send the documents related to his companies to me and after I received them, I forwarded them directly to Pak Handang without reading them” said Arif on Monday, referring to Ramapanicker by his nickname.

(Read also: Jokowi in-law plays key role in bribery case)

Arif said he thought Ramapanicker would only be helped by Handang in the tax amnesty,

Arif said he met Handang when he visited the Directorate General of Taxation to meet with Ken Dwijugiasteadi, the director general of taxation. Arif said he wanted to ask Ken questions in relation to the tax amnesty at the time.

Arif also said he was not familiar with the tax problems of Ramapanicker's company, including a Rp 78 billion tax bill.

Ramapanicker is known as a long-time business partner of Jokowi's family. (mrc/wit)

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