Garuda Indonesia Bribery Case: KPK Probes Adiguna Sutowo

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  • Adiguna Sutowo, after undergoing examination in Ditreskrimum Polda Metro Jaya, Jakarta on Tuesday (19/11). Tempo/Dian Triyuli Handoko

    Adiguna Sutowo, after undergoing examination in Ditreskrimum Polda Metro Jaya, Jakarta on Tuesday (19/11). Tempo/Dian Triyuli Handoko

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) examined Adiguna Sutowo as a witness in a bribery case for an aircraft engine and supply of Airbus S.A.S and Rolls-Royce by PT Garuda Indonesia.

    "KPK probes Adiguna Sutowo for ESA (Emirsyah Satar) as the suspect," said KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah when confirmed on Tuesday, March 20.

    Adiguna Sutowo is one of the founders of Mugi Rekso Abadi (MRA) Group. He established it with a suspect of Garuda's bribery, Soetikno Soedarjo and another businessman, Onky Soemarno.

    He is known as a successful businessman in the New Order era. His name also stood out in the murder case of an employee at Fluid Club and Lounge located on the second floor of the Hilton Hotel Jakarta (now Sultan Hotel), in January 2005.

    Besides Adiguna, KPK examined the Director of Business Development Strategy and Risk Management of PT Garuda Indonesia Achirina.

    KPK has set Emirsyah and Soetikno Soedarjo as the suspects. Emirsyah allegedly received a bribe of 1.2 million euros and US$180 thousand or about Rp20 billion. The bribe was transferred gradually from Rolls-Royce through Soetikno’s intermediary.

    Besides the bribe in the form of money, Emirsyah Satar allegedly received goods worth Rp26 billion. Allegedly, the bribe was given for Emirsyah to buy Rolls-Royce aircraft engine in the procurement of the Airbus aircraft for Garuda Indonesia.

    While Soetikno is alleged as the beneficial owner of Connaught International Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based business and management consultant and as the bribe intermediary.

    ALFAN HILMI