Jakarta – The Attorney General's Office (AGO) named on Thursday holding company PT Maxima Integra director Joko Hartono Tirto as a new suspect in a case of alleged corruption involving ailing state-owned insurer Asuransi Jiwasraya.
"We have questioned the suspect and will detain him on [Thursday] for the next 20 days before we hand over the case to the court," AGO spokesperson Hari Setiyono told the press, as quoted by tribunnews.com.
He added Joko would be detained at the Salemba Detention Center in Central Jakarta.
Joko became the sixth suspect to be charged in the case. The AGO previously named five suspects, including former Jiwasraya president director Hendrisman Rahim, former finance director Harry Prasetyo and former head of investment and finance division Syahmirwan. The other two were publicly listed property firm PT Hanson International president director Benny Tjokrosaputro and publicly listed PT Trada Alam Minera president commissioner Heru Hidayat.
The AGO's investigators had confiscated 41 apartments in Kuningan, South Jakarta that were previously owned by Benny.
"Investigators determined that the apartments were related to the Jiwasraya case. The court has granted us a warrant to confiscate the units," Hari said.
Authorities estimated the alleged corruption had caused Rp 13.7 trillion (US$1 billion) in state losses. The estimate, however, might still increase during the ongoing investigation.
The AGO launched the investigation into the country's oldest insurer last year, after the company failed to pay out policyholder claims worth about Rp 16 trillion that fell due in December. (eyc)