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National scene: Police ask PPATK to trace TPPI corruption fund

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Jakarta   /   Tue, May 19, 2015   /  06:13 am

The National Police have urged the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK) to probe suspicious accounts related to a graft case centering on PT Trans Pacific Pertrochemical Indotama (TPPI).

The director of National Police'€™s Criminal Investigations Directorate (Bareskrim), Brig. Gen. Victor Simanjuntak, said that his investigators had marked the accounts that had allegedly harbored the corruption money.

'€œWe hope the PPATK can track the flow of funds in the condensate sale [by PT TPPI],'€ he said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.

Between 2009 and 2010, TPPI collaborated with the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force (SKKMigas) to market condensate in Indonesia, However, the firm never paid profits from sales to the government. Despite suspicions of foul play, SKKMigas continued to extend its contract with the firm.

TPPI began selling the condensate immediately, despite the contract not being finalized until October 2009, after which SKKMigas, then known as BPMigas, continued supplying condensate to the firm.

In its investigation, Bareskrim found that Rp 2 trillion that should have been paid to the ministry had been laundered.

The police have charged former BPMigas head Raden Priyono with violating articles 2 and 3 of the 2001 Corruption Law for abusing his authority in appointing TPPI, as well as Article 3 of the 2003 Money Laundering Law.

Victor refused to reveal the names of the suspicious account holders but said that there were four of them.

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