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Ex-Garuda boss implicated in Rolls-Royce bribery scandal

Former president director of Garuda Indonesia Emirsyah Satar may be detained as a suspect in the alleged bribery case related to the purchase of aircraft engines from Rolls Royce company, The Jakarta Post Online reported on Friday.

Spokesman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPH) Febri Diansyah said the commission would carry out activities such as searching, seizures, questioning witnesses and detention. He added that KPH had searched locations and seized evidence related to the case, then scheduled to question witnesses and suspects.

KPH chairman Agus Rahardjo announced yesterday that Emirsyah Satar had been involved in cross-border corruption case for allegedly receiving bribes from RollsRoyce Holdings.

Besides Emirsyah who is currently CEO of Lippo Group's online retailer, KPH also named Soetikno Soedarjo, the owner of diversified business group Mugi Rekso Abadi, as another suspect in the case.

Soetikno is the beneficial owner of Singapore-based Connaught International Pte Ltd, which has been accused of functioning as a broker to pass on the bribe money from Rolls-Royce.

Emirsyah was accused of accepting bribes from Soetikno in the form of money amounting to 1.2 million Euros and US$180,000 as well as things worth about $2 million that were detected in Indonesia and Singapore.

The alleged bribery was uncovered through intensive cooperation with the SFO which investigated the primary case in the UK and the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau of Singapore which indicated that the bribe money was transferred to Emirsyah's account from Connaught Internatioinal.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)