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KPK to grill ex-Garuda chief in Rolls-Royce bribery case

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 10, 2018   /   12:24 pm
KPK to grill ex-Garuda chief in Rolls-Royce bribery case Bribery suspect: Former Garuda Indonesia director Emirsyah Satar (left) appears at the Corruption Eradication Commission's (KPK) Jakarta headquarters on Mar. 1 for questioning as a witness in a bribery case involving British engineering giant Rolls-Royce. (Antara/Reno Esnir)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is to question on Tuesday Emirsyah Satar, former president director of Garuda Indonesia, as a witness in an alleged bribery case related to the national flag carrier's procurement of Rolls-Royce aircraft engines.

According to a statement from the anti-graft body, Emirsyah will be questioned as a witness against Soetikno Soedarja, the owner of diversified business group Mugi Rekso Abadi who has been named as a suspect in the case.

The KPK named the two businessmen in January 2017 as graft suspects in a bribery case related to the procurement of 50 aircraft between 2005 and 2014.

(Read also: Ex-Garuda Indonesia CEO named as corruption suspect on Rolls-Royce engines purchasing)

The KPK investigation was prompted by a report from the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office, which stated that it had discovered allegations of bribery and corruption involving senior Rolls-Royce aerospace employees in transactions with Indonesian businessmen and officials in several instances from July 2011 to March 2012.

Soetikno allegedly acted as an intermediary between the British engineering company and then-Garuda Indonesia director Emirsyah in an attempt to secure major deals for Rolls-Royce to provide aircraft engines to at least 12 countries, including Indonesia.

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