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Jakarta Post

Garuda boss sacked amid Harleygate

  • Riza Roidila Mufti and Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 6, 2019   /  12:25 pm
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Hot wheels: State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir (right) and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati (center) check out a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a Brompton bicycle allegedly smuggled into Indonesia on a Garuda Airbus A330-900 Neo aircraft, during a press conference at the Finance Ministry in Jakarta on Thursday.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir has said he will dismiss national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia president director Ari Askhara following the discovery of a smuggled Harley-Davidson motorcycle and upmarket bicycles on board a new Airbus A330-900 being delivered from France.  He will also review the airline’s board of directors and commission members to prevent similar incidents occurring in the fuature. “I will dismiss the Garuda president director and the process will be in accordance with regulated procedures,” Erick told a joint press conference with Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati in Jakarta on Thursday. The dismissal will have to be approved in an extraordinary shareholders meeting (RUPSLB) as Garuda is a publicly listed company. In the meantime, Erick will appoint an acting president director, whose name is yet to be disclo...