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KPK seizes Rp 40b in assets, names new suspects in PT DI case

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Jakarta Post - November 4, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has seized assets worth Rp 40 billion (US$2.7 million) in its investigation of allegedly fictitious projects between 2007 and 2017 at state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI).

KPK deputy commissioner Alexander Marwata announced on Tuesday that the antigraft body had seized cash, land and structural property from suspects and witnesses in connection with the case.

The suspected corruption is estimated to have caused state losses of Rp 315 billion.

The KPK arrested three new suspects in the case on Tuesday, after naming former PT DI president director Budi Santoso and former PT DI commerce director Irzal Rinaldi Zailani as suspects in June for allegedly creating up to 52 fictitious contracts between 2008 and 2011.

The new suspects are former PT DI marketing and sales head Arie Wibowo, president director Didi Lasamana of PT Abadi Sentosa Perkasa, a trading company, and PT Selaras Bangun Usaha president director Ferry Santosa Subarata.

"After gathering sufficient preliminary evidence, the KPK launched an investigation and named three suspects," Alexander said during a press briefing.

Arie was allegedly involved in planning the fictitious projects with the then-directors of PT DI in 2008-2011. Meanwhile, Didi and Ferry were suspected of being PT DI's sales partners in the fictitious projects.

The KPK suspects that, during the period of the alleged corruption, PT DI signed partnership contracts with several companies, including PT Abadi Sentosa Perkasa and PT Selaras Bangun Usaha. Although none of the companies ever fulfilled the terms of their contracts, PT DI allegedly paid them a total of Rp 205.3 billion and $8.6 million.

The KPK suspects Arie of receiving Rp 9.2 billion through the corrupt deal, and Didi and Ferry of respectively receiving Rp 10.8 billion and Rp 1.9 billion.

The three suspects have been charged with violating articles 2 and 3 of the 2001 Corruption Law, which prohibit personal enrichment that could incur losses to the state. Each article carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a fine of Rp 1 billion.Earlier on Oct. 23, the KPK named former PT DI aerostructures director Budiman Saleh, who was recently the current president director of state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL, as a suspect in the case.

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/11/04/kpk-seizes-rp-40b-in-assets-names-new-suspects-in-pt-di-case.htm

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