Businessman Questioned in Garuda Indonesia Bribery Probe

Investigators on Tuesday (23/01) questioned a businessman in an ongoing probe into a bribery case surrounding the purchase by national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia of aircraft engines from British engineering firm Rolls-Royce. (JG Photo/Telly Nathalia)

By : Alin Almanar | on 2:06 PM January 24, 2018
Category : News, Featured, Corruption, Trade

Jakarta. Investigators on Tuesday (23/01) questioned a businessman in an ongoing probe into a bribery case surrounding the purchase by national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia of aircraft engines from British engineering firm Rolls-Royce.

Soetikno Soedarjo, the president director of Jakarta-based diversified business group Mugi Rekso Abadi, testified against former Garuda chief executive Emirsyah Satar.

Soetikno was a beneficial owner of Singapore-based Connaught International, which allegedly acted as broker in the case.

Both him and Emirsyah were named suspects early last year in what the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) says was part of a transnational bribery scheme.

Emirsyah and Soetikno, who have also been prevented from leaving the country, have since been summoned for questioning on multiple occasions.

Tuesday's questioning corroborated the bribery allegations, KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said.

"We, in principle, have secured evidence of the alleged acceptance of the bribes," Febri told reporters at his office in Jakarta.

Soetikno, coming out of KPK headquarters, declined to comment to reporters about the questioning.

Rolls-Royce, through Soetikno, allegedly gave Emirsyah 1.2 million euros ($1.4 million) and $180,000 in bribes as well as a range of items worth an additional $2 million.

The case surrounded contracts for the purchase of engines for 50 Airbus A330-300 aircraft between 2005 and 2014, when Emirsyah served as Garuda's chief executive.

The bribery was allegedly part of Rolls-Royce's attempt to secure major deals on aircraft engines for about 12 countries, including Indonesia.

KPK is currently seeking assistance from its British and Singaporean counterparts in soliciting more evidence in the case, Febri said.

"We need transnational cooperation as there were bribes that were allegedly received overseas."

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