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Jakarta Post

State-owned INTI chief named suspect in procurement graft case

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 3, 2019   /   12:02 pm
State-owned INTI chief named suspect in procurement graft case Against graft: Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesperson Febri Diansyah announces the commission's decision to name Kebumen Regent M. Yahya Fuad a graft suspect in a press conference in Jakarta on Jan.23. (Antara/Aprillio Akbar)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named Darman Mappangara, the president director of state-owned telecommunication company PT Industri Telekomunikasi Indonesia Persero (INTI), a graft suspect in a case pertaining to a baggage-handling system procurement project.

KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah said on Wednesday that the antigraft body suspected Darman of bribing Andra Y. Agussalam, the finance director of state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II), in exchange for the procurement project.

There were seven projects won by INTI, including baggage-handling system procurement worth Rp 555.77 billion (US$39 million).

“INTI has allegedly won some projects with the assistance of AYA [Andra], who was suspected of rigging the tender so the projects could be won by INTI,” Febri told a press briefing on Wednesday. 

“DMP [Darman] allegedly ordered INTI employee TSW [Taswin Nur] to give the illicit money to AYA [in exchange for the projects],” he went on to say.

The antigraft body previously named Andra and Taswin suspects in the case following an operation in August.

Graft busters found that the suspects had used several code names in the illicit transaction, such as “book” and “document”. Both parties also agreed that the illicit money should be exchanged to other currencies, such as the US dollar and Singapore dollar.

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The KPK named Andra a graft suspect in August for allegedly accepting Rp 1 billion worth of Singapore dollars in return for his alleged role in rigging a bid for procurement projects for the airport operator’s subsidiary, PT Angkasa Pura Propertindo (APP).

Andra allegedly rigged the bid by, among other methods, arranging the required technical specifications for the procurement in favor of INTI. The KPK suspected him of accepting S$96,700 from the INTI executive and employee.

The investigation into the case follows a string of arrests on July 31 and Aug. 1 in which graft busters apprehended Andra and Taswin. During the operation, KPK investigators seized S$96,700 that Taswin allegedly gave to Andra.

“We reminded state officials in state-owned corporations to apply the principles of good corporate governance in doing their businesses. The illicit practice of bribery will only inflict losses for the companies,” Febri said.

“State-owned companies should become examples of graft prevention practices in private sectors,” he added.