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Jakarta Post

Meikarta graft case: KPK searches residence of Lippo Group CEO James Riady

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 18, 2018   /   11:01 am
Meikarta graft case: KPK searches residence of Lippo Group CEO James Riady Lippo Group CEO James Riady speaks at a signing event on March 21 for memorandums of understanding (MoU) on the Meikarta development project. (JP/ami)


The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Thursday morning conducted a search at the home of Lippo Group CEO James Riady, in connection with its investigation into the alleged graft case surrounding the issuance of permits for the diversified conglomerate's Meikarta flagship project.

“As of Thursday morning, KPK investigators are still continuing with the search,” KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said in a written statement.

The Meikarta developer allegedly promised Rp 13 billion (US$856,888) in bribery money to the Bekasi regency administration for issuing the relevant permits, of which it had reportedly transferred Rp 7 billion.

The KPK has detained Lippo Group operational director Billy Sindoro, two consultants working for the company, Taryudi and Fitra Djaja Purnama, and employee Henry Jasmen as suspects in the case. 

The antigraft body has also detained five other suspects in the case: Bekasi Regent Neneng Hasanah Yasin, Bekasi Public Works and Housing Agency head Jamaludin, the agency’s Spatial Planning head Neneng Rahmi, Bekasi Fire Department head Sahat MJB Nahar and Bekasi Capital Investment and One-Stop Integrated Services Agency (DPMPTSP) head Dewi Tisnawati.

Also on Thursday morning, the KPK searched the residences of three Bekasi officials as well as a residence at the Trivium Terrace Apartments for evidence.

Febri said the KPK had confiscated several documents related to the licensing "proposal" the Lippo Group had made to the Bekasi administration, as well as financial reports and electronic devices.

“We have searched a total of 10 locations in Tangerang and Bekasi since yesterday [Wednesday],” he said.