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Jakarta Post

KPK to help UK’s antigraft agency in probe into Bombardier-Garuda graft case

  • Alya Nurbaiti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 7, 2020   /   05:05 pm
KPK to help UK’s antigraft agency in probe into Bombardier-Garuda graft case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters are located on Jl. HR Rasuna Said in Jakarta. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is set to help the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) probe corruption allegedly committed by Canada-based airplane manufacturer Bombardier Inc. in a deal with national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.

The agency had long forged collaborations with foreign legal authorities through agent to agent or mutual legal assistance (MLA) schemes, KPK spokesman Ali Fikri said.

The KPK also collaborated with law enforcement authorities of other countries regarding the Garuda Indonesia aircraft engine procurement case, including Singapore’s Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).

“We’ve been exchanging data and information with the SFO and we will continue the collaboration. The KPK will help the SFO in investigating the Garuda graft case,” Ali said in a statement on Saturday.

Read also: UK’s antigraft agency probes Bombardier over Garuda transactions

The SFO confirmed in a statement on Thursday that it was investigating Bombardier over suspected bribery in connection with contracts from Garuda Indonesia.

In May, the Jakarta Corruption Court found former Garuda Indonesia president director Emirsyah Satar guilty of accepting bribes amounting to Rp 49.3 billion (US$3.4 million) and laundering Rp 87.5 billion in the procurement of 50 aircraft between 2005-2014, including from Bombardier.

The court sentenced Emirsyah to eight years in jail. The bribery case also involved British engineering company Rolls-Royce and European aerospace company Airbus.