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Jakarta Post

Buying the right to snap up arms contracts

  • Nani Afrida and Hasyim Widhiarto

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, October 6 2011   /  08:00 am

Antique arms: Soldiers stand with 50-year-old cannons during the Indonesian military’s (TNI) 66th anniversary celebration in Jayapura, Papua, on Wednesday. Inefficient budget management has left soldiers with obsolete equipment. Antara/Anang BudionoThe seemingly bohemian appearance of Soeryo Guritno, 68, is not the well-dressed and cunning arms dealer as played by actor Nicholas Cage in the film The Lord of War.

Nor is Soeryo comparable with the notorious post-Soviet era arms dealer, Victor Bout, a Russian who is allegedly supplying illegal arms to war-torn countries.

Soeryo’s business is completely legal and has been around for almost two decades.

His company, PT Novanindro International, is among seven companies in Indonesia that broker overseas arms supplies to the Indonesian Military (TNI).

Soeryo’s credentials include an arrangement to supply Russi...