Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) completed on Wednesday its investigation into former national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia president director Emirsyah Satar, a suspect of money laundering and bribery pertaining to the procurement of aircraft parts.
Aside from Emirsyah, the KPK also completed an investigation into another suspect, former PT Mugi Rekso Abadi (MRA) president director Soetikno Soedarjo, who was also named a suspect in the case.
KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah told journalists the investigation had reached its conclusion two years and 11 months after the antigraft body issued the sprindik (letter ordering the start of the investigation).
"Today [Wednesday] investigators are handing over suspects ESA and SS and the evidence to prosecutors," Febri said, adding that the trial would soon take place in the Jakarta Corruption Court.
During the investigation, investigators found a number of airplane and parts purchasing contracts valued at billions of US dollars between Garuda and various companies, including Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Bombardier.
"We also found more illicit money flowing to several officials within Garuda Indonesia valued at about Rp 100 billion [US$7.1 million], more than our initial suspicion of Rp 20 billion," the spokesperson said.
The antigraft body said it suspected Emirsyah of receiving bribes from Soetikno consisting of 1.2 million euros and $180,000, equivalent to Rp 20 billion. The bribe is believed to have been related to the procurement of Rolls-Royce engine parts for Airbus airplanes during Emirsyah's tenure as president director.
Investigators later found evidence to accuse both suspects of committing money laundering. The KPK accused Soetikno of transferring illicit money to Emirsyah to purchase a home in the upmarket Pondok Indah area in South Jakarta, as well as an apartment in Singapore.
Both suspects have been detained by the antigraft body since August. (kuk)