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AGO looks into First Travel case dossiers

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 27, 2017   /   08:00 pm
AGO looks into First Travel case dossiers In this file photo dated on Aug. 22, 2017, the National Police present the owners of First Travel Andika Surachman (second left), his wife Anniesa Desvitasari and her sister, the agency’s executive, Siti Nuraidah Hasibuan. The three have been named suspects in an umrah (minor haj) scam. (kompas.com/Ambaranie Nadia)

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is looking into the dossiers of an umrah (minor haj) scam allegedly committed by travel agency First Travel, in order to bring three company executives to court.

Investigators at the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) have recently handed over the dossiers against the three suspects — First Travel owner Anniesa Hasibuan, her husband and company president director Andika Surachman, and her sister and financial director Siti Nuraidah Hasibuan — to the AGO.

“We will take a thorough look at [the dossiers] as fast as we can, so that we can start the legal case soon,” Attorney General HM Prasetyo said on Friday, as quoted from Kompas.com.

Police investigators have charged the suspects with earning Rp 848.70 billion (US$63.59 million) from the scheme that had lured more than 58,000 First Travel customers into its cheap umrah package tours.

In a hearing session of a petition for repayment at the Central Jakarta Commercial Court late last month, First Travel stated its inability to refund thousands of customers who had paid to be sent on the pilgrimage.

A number of customers have filed a debt-postponement petition (PKPU) at the court seeking repayment, as the management has continuously delayed and refused to pay its debts. (ipa)