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Jakarta Post

KPK flexes muscles, names ex-Petral chief suspect of graft

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 10, 2019   /  08:08 pm
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Deputy Corruption Eradication Commission chairman Laode M. Syarif (center), accompanied by KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah (right) speaks during a press conference at the KPK office in Jakarta.(Antara/Reno Esnir)

Amid what critics see as a maneuver to weaken the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the anticorruption body on Tuesday named the former president director of now-defunct Pertamina Energy Trading Ltd (Petral) a suspect of corruption. Bambang Irianto allegedly received at least US$2.9 million in bribes when he was the managing director of Pertamina Energy Services Pte Ltd (PES) from 2009 to 2013. The alleged bribes were reportedly paid between 2010 and 2013 through a bank account of a company he established, identified as SIAM. “BTO [Bambang] is suspected of receiving $2.9 million from [Singapore-based] Kernel Oil in exchange for giving the company preferential treatment during the tender for the shipment of crude oil to be purchased by PES or Pertamina,” KPK deputy chairman Laode M. Syarif told a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday. Laode said the cas...