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KPK questions ex-Garuda boss in Rolls-Royce bribery case

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, April 16, 2018 | 05:17 pm
KPK questions ex-Garuda boss in Rolls-Royce bribery case Former Garuda Indonesia president director Emirsyah Satar (left) is seen at the Corruption Eradication Commission's (KPK) office in South Jakarta. (Antara/Reno Esnir)

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators have questioned Emirsyah Satar, the former president director of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, in an alleged bribery case related to the airline’s procurement of Rolls-Royce aircraft engines.

“Emirsyah was questioned as a witness against Soetikno Soedarja,” KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said on Monday, referring to the owner of diversified business group Mugi Rekso Abadi who had also been named a suspect in the case.

Emirsyah exited the KPK’s office in South Jakarta at around 2 p.m. after undergoing a four-hour questioning session. He declined to answer journalists’ questions upon leaving the building.

It was the second time Emirsyah had been questioned by the KPK within a span of a week, with the first session taking place last Tuesday.

The antigraft body named Emirsyah and Soetikno as graft suspects in January last year in a bribery case related to the procurement of 50 aircraft between 2005 and 2014, when Emirsyah served as Garuda president director.

The KPK’s investigation started from a report from the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office, which raised allegations of bribery and corruption involving senior Rolls-Royce aerospace employees, and Indonesian businessmen and officials from July 2011 to March 2012.

Soetikno was accused of acting as an intermediary between Rolls Royce and Emirsyah in an attempt to secure major deals for the British company to provide aircraft engines to Indonesia.

Emirsyah stands accused of accepting several illicit payments totaling 1.2 million euros (US$1.5 million), $180,000 and other items worth $2 million. (swd)

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