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Jakarta Post

KPK raids Sinar Mas subsidiaries’ offices in bribery investigation

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 30, 2018   /   05:53 pm
KPK raids Sinar Mas subsidiaries’ offices in bribery investigation Against graft: Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesperson Febri Diansyah announces the commission's decision to name Kebumen regent Mohammad Yahya Fuad a graft suspect in a press conference in Jakarta on Jan.23. (Antara/Aprillio Akbar)

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators raided the offices of palm oil company PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology (SMART) and PT Binasawit Abadi Pratama (BAP) in Jakarta on Tuesday as part of their investigation into an alleged bribery case in Central Kalimantan.

KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said investigators had conducted searches in the offices of both corporations, which are subsidiaries of Singapore-listed palm oil company Golden Agri-Resources Ltd., from Monday afternoon until early Tuesday morning.

“During the raids, investigators seized documents related to permits [for palm oil plantations], other documents related to the corporations as well as laptops and hard disks,” Febri said on Tuesday.

Apart from the offices in Jakarta, graft busters also conducted searches of three other locations in Central Kalimantan, namely the offices of the provincial regional council, forestry agency and one-stop integrated agency.

The spokesman added that investigators would examine the seized evidence looking for more information relating to the case, including information about the roles of various parties who allegedly bribed the provincial regional council and the process of decision-making regarding the bribery in each corporation.

The KPK named seven individuals, including BAP president director and SMART deputy director Edy Saputra Suradja and councilor Borak Milton, as suspects in alleged bribery to influence the council’s supervision of the palm oil company’s plantation around Sembuluh Lake in Seruyan regency.

In a statement issued after the suspects' arrests, Golden Agri said the company would “cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation and hopes that the issues can be resolved as quickly as possible".