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KPK detains ex-Garuda boss, Emirsyah Satar, for alleged money laundering

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Jakarta   /   Wed, August 7, 2019   /   09:21 pm
KPK detains ex-Garuda boss, Emirsyah Satar, for alleged money laundering Former president director of Garuda Indonesia Emirsyah Satar leaves the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building after being questioned by investigators in Jakarta on Wednesday, Aug. 7. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) detained Emirsyah Satar, the former president director of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, on Wednesday for alleged money laundering and bribery relating to the procurement of aircraft parts.

He was initially suspected of having received a bribe from another suspect, Soetikno Soedarjo, the former president director of PT Mugi Rekso Abadi (MRA), consisting of 1.2 million euros and US$180,000, equivalent to Rp 20 billion.

The bribe is believed to be related to the procurement of Roll-Royce engine parts for Airbus airplanes during Emirsyah’s tenure as president director.

After a two-year investigation, the KPK claims to have found new information that provided evidence strong enough to name Emirsyah and Soetikno money-laundering suspects and detain them. The KPK also detained Soetikno on Wednesday.

Soetikno was accused by the KPK of transferring Rp 5.79 billion to Emirsyah to pay for a home in Pondok Indah, South Jakarta.

A further $680,000 and 1.02 million euros was allegedly sent to an account belonging to a company in Singapore, while S$1.2 million was reportedly used to pay off an apartment in Singapore. The company and apartment both belong to Emirsyah.

Emirsyah and Soetikno allegedly violated articles 3 and 4 of the Corruption Law on money laundering. (tru)