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Jakarta Post

KPK to question Lippo CEO James Riady in Meikarta bribery case

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 29, 2018   /   04:25 pm
KPK to question Lippo CEO James Riady in Meikarta bribery case Lippo Group CEO James Riady delivers a speech during the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony in Jakarta on March 21. Lippo signed the MoUs with 10 companies to develop a healthcare and education research center and other facilities in the Meikarta township project. (JP/ami)


The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has scheduled to summon Lippo Group CEO James Riady for questioning in a corruption case surrounding the Meikarta mega development project in Bekasi, West Java.

“Investigators will question him as a witness for nine suspects in the case,” KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said on Monday.

He referred to nine individuals arrested and named as suspects in the case, including Bekasi Regent Neneng Hasanah Yasin and Lippo Group operational director Billy SIndoro, as well as several other top officials in the administration, for their alleged roles in bribery relating to the issuance of property permits for the Meikarta project.

The antigraft body also named Lippo Group consultants and employees as suspects, as they were accused of following Billy’s instruction to promise a commitment fee to Neneng worth Rp 13 billion (US$854,236).

Previously, the graft busters had also searched James’ house and 11 other locations as part of the investigation in the case on Oct. 18. During the searches, the KPK 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.