Ex-Garuda CEO Emirsyah Satar Charged with Receiving Rp46bn Bribe

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  • Former Garuda Indonesia CEO Emirsyah Satar sits inside a prisoner car after being questioned at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building on Wednesday, August 18, 2019. TEMPO/Imam Sukamto

    Former Garuda Indonesia CEO Emirsyah Satar sits inside a prisoner car after being questioned at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building on Wednesday, August 18, 2019. TEMPO/Imam Sukamto

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaCorruption Eradication Commission's (KPK) Public Prosecutor charged former CEO of Garuda Indonesia Emirsyah Satar with bribery worth Rp46 billion from PT Mukti Rekso Abadi founder Soetikno Soedarjo.

    The bribe was given to Emirsyah to help Soetikno procure aircraft maintenance and procurement projects with Garuda Indonesia.  "The defendant received money," said KPK prosecutor Wawan Yunawarto at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Monday, December 30.

    The procurement and maintenance projects occurred when Emir served as Garuda's CEO in 2005-2014, including the maintenance of Rolls-Royce RR Trent 700 engines.

    In 2005, the prosecutor said Garuda had six units of Airbus A330 purchased in November 1989. The airplanes used 15 units of Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines.

    In addition to the maintenance program, the prosecutor said Emirsyah also received money for the procurement program of Airbus A330-300/200 aircraft, Airbus A320 aircraft for Garuda’s subsidiary Citilink Indonesia, Bombardier CRJ1,000 aircraft, and ATR 72-600 aircraft.

    The prosecutor said the bribe came from several engine and aircraft manufacturers, namely Rolls Royce, Airbus, and Bombardier Aerospace Commercial Aircraft, totaling Rp46 billion in today's currency.

    Emirsyah also received facilities from Soetikno in the form of lodging in Bali worth some Rp69 million and private jet rental worth US$4,200, the prosecutor added.

    In response to the `’s charges, Emirsyah Satar conveyed his apology. "I am sorry that my friendship caused indecent acts," he said, adding that the charges were not entirely true. "I will not submit an objection," Emir said.

    ANDITA RAHMA