Erick Thohir Responds to SFO's Investigation into Bombardier, Garuda

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    TEMPO.CO, JakartaState-owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir in Friday’s statement responded to news of the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigating Canadian industrial group Bombardier over suspected bribery in airplane sales to Garuda Indonesia, stating that the flag carrier would support and cooperate with the legal process. 

    “Because this is part of the good corporate governance and transparency we have upheld since taking office, which aligns with our program to transform SOEs,” said Erick Thohir in a statement on November 6.

    The state minister assured that the Indonesian government would coordinate with law enforcers such as the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the Law and Human Rights Ministry, and Prosecutor's Office to handle the case incriminating Garuda Indonesia.

    Reuters reported on November 6, about Emirsyah Satar, Garuda's chief executive from 2005 to 2014, who was sentenced to eight year's imprisonment for bribery and money-laundering related to the procurement of planes and engines from Airbus and Rolls-Royce.

    The UK Serious Fraud Office announced Thursday it was investigating Canadian industrial group Bombardier over suspected bribery in airplane sales to Garuda Indonesia, widening a global anti-corruption drive in aerospace.

    This is the latest aerospace group to face scrutiny over the use of middlemen after authorities struck a record bribery settlement with Europe’s Airbus in January and a 2017 plea deal with British engine maker Rolls-Royce

    Both settlements involved sales of planes or engines to Garuda and airlines in other countries.

    “The SFO is investigating Bombardier Inc over suspected bribery and corruption in relation to contracts and/or orders from Garuda Indonesia,” the agency said on Thursday, Reuters reported.

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    FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA | REUTERS