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Jakarta Post

Harleygate saga: Garuda Indonesia commissioners appoint temporary directors

  • Riska Rahman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 9, 2019   /   08:18 pm
Harleygate saga: Garuda Indonesia commissioners appoint temporary directors 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)

The board of commissioners of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has appointed acting executives to temporarily run the airline following the suspension of four directors allegedly linked to a high-profile smuggling case on board a passengers flight.

Following a meeting with State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir on Monday, the publicly listed company’s board of commissioners and the ministry agreed to suspend four Garuda Indonesia directors for their alleged involvement in the smuggling of a Harley Davidson motorcycle and upmarket Brompton folding bicycles on board a new Airbus A330-900 plane being delivered from France.

The four officials were director of operations Bambang Adisurya Angkasa, cargo and business development director Mohammad Iqbal, engineering and service director Iwan Joeniarto and human capital director Heri Akhyar.

President commissioner Sahala Lumban Gaol said on Monday that the board of commissioners has appointed finance director and acting president director Fuad Rizal to be the acting engineering and service director.

“We also appointed director of commerce Pikri Ilham Kurniansyah to be the acting human capital director, as well as cargo and business development director,” he said in a statement obtained by The Jakarta Post. Both executives would carry out their duties until the next general shareholders meeting, he added.

In the meantime, Sahala said the board of commissioners appointed four temporary officials to execute the empty posts’ duties. The four people are Capt. Tumpal Manumpak Hutapea, who is to oversee director of operations’ daily task, Mukhtaris who is to oversee the engineering and services director’s daily tasks, Joseph Dajoe K. Tendean, who is to oversee the cargo and business development director’s daily tasks and Capt. Aryaperwira Adileksana, who is to oversee the human capital director’s daily tasks.

“We are also urging for Garuda’s board of directors to hold a general shareholders’ meeting to officiate the suspension of the directors,” Sahala said. Garuda Indonesia president director Ari Askhara was dismissed on Friday for allegedly using his position to smuggle a Harley motorcycle and Brompton bikes.