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Anti-cartel watchdog summons Garuda boss

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Jakarta   /   Mon, July 1, 2019   /   06:20 pm
Anti-cartel watchdog summons Garuda boss Garuda Indonesia president director Ari Askhara (JP/Riza Roidila Mufti)

The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) summoned on Monday flag carrier Garuda Indonesia president director Ari Askhara for questioning on a report that he had positions in airlines under the Garuda Indonesia Group’s management.

“We summoned [him] for the investigation. We suspect he had several positions [that are prohibited under] Law No. 5/1999, Article 26,” said KPPU commissioner Dinnie Melanie on Monday as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Apart from being Garuda Indonesia president director, Ari also acted as the main commissioner for PT Citilink Indonesia, a low-cost carrier subsidiary of Garuda and for PT Sriwijaya Air, which is now under the management of Garuda.

Ari arrived at the KPPU office at 9 a.m., accompanied by Garuda Indonesia VP corporate secretary Ikhsan Rosan and a number of officials.

Article 26 of the law states that holding a position in more than one business on the board of directors or board of commissioners is prohibited if the companies are involved in similar markets, have similar business types or the combination of the companies could control the market through monopolistic practices. (bbn)