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Airport Kadin head detained over alleged fraud

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 20, 2018   /   08:03 am
Airport Kadin head detained over alleged fraud Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten. (JP/Ben Latuihamallo)

Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Chamber of Commerce (Kadin) head Sapto Kashariyanto has been held at the Jakarta Police detention center for alleged fraud since July.

“Yes, the concerned [Sapto] has been declared a suspect and detained,” Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said on Wednesday as reported by kompas.com.

Gilbert Marciano, the lawyer of businessman Geminiantoro Raharjo who reported the case to the police in October last year, said his client wanted to rent a cargo plane from Sapto to send his products to Papua.

He added that Sapto had allegedly claimed to be the owner of PT Ramadan Utama Solusi (RUS) and Airline Career Training (ACT) school, adding that his client believed Sapto and they agreed to sign a plane rental agreement.

Gilbert said the deal had allegedly been signed in 2016 and it stipulated that a payment of Rp 3 billion (US$ 201,822) should be made in three stages.

Pak Sapto had asked for Rp 1 billion in the first stage [as a down payment], which was paid. But before the second stage or before the plane arrived, he had already asked for another Rp 200 million. So, my client paid Rp 1.2 billion but the rented plane never materialized,” Gilbert claimed.

He added that his client had repeatedly asked Sapto about the whereabouts of the plane, but the latter allegedly said it was in Manila. However, when his client checked on its whereabouts, he found out that the plane did not exist.

“Before reporting the matter to the police, we issued a subpoena but Sapto never responded. That was why we made the police report,” Gilbert said. (ami)