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Jakarta Post

Jokowi summons BPK chairman over Panama Papers

  • Ayomi Amindoni
    Ayomi Amindoni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 15, 2016   /  12:26 pm
Jokowi summons BPK chairman over Panama Papers President Joko Widodo (left) shakes hand with Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) chairman Harry Azhar Azis (right) during a limited meeting on the problematic Hambalang project at the State Palace, Jakarta, on March 30. Jokowi has summoned Harry on April 14, to explain about his shell company that was revealed in the Panama Papers. (ANTARA FOTO/Yudhi Mahatma)

The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) chairman Harry Azhar Aziz has acknowledged that his name is listed among 800 Indonesian names in the Panama Papers, during a meeting with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Thursday.

In the leaked documents held by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), Harry is recorded as the owner of Sheng Yue International Limited, a company established in British Virgin Islands, which is a country known for being a tax haven.

"I have already reported to the President and the director-general of Taxation," Harry said at the State Palace, in Jakarta on Thursday, adding that Jokowi responded that it is okay as long as it causes no losses to the state.

He also said that he would include the company in his official wealth report (LHKPN) to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Harry signed up as the sole director of Sheng Yue in early 2010 with the help of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. At that time, Harry was the chairman of House of Representative's budgetary board.

Despite him being a member of the House and now as the chairman of the BPK, he did not include the shell company in his asset report in his wealth report. "I will report it," he asserted.

Cabinet Secretary Pramono said the President has listened to Harry's explanation. "The BPK chairman has formally conveyed to the President, but the material cannot be revealed to the public," he said. (ags)

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