New Suspect in AW 101 Procurement Corruption

Saturday, 17 June 2017 , 15:00:00 WIB -

Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Gatot Nurmantyo (middle), TNI Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto (second right), KPK Chairman Agus Rahardjo (second left), Head of TNI Maritime Affairs and Disaster Relief (Kapuspen) Maj. Gen. Wuryanto (right) and KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah are seen holding a press conference on alleged corruption in Augusta Westland (AW) 101 helicopter procurement at KPK Headquarters, Jakarta, Friday (26/5). (ANTARA)

The anti-graft commission (KPK) has named a new suspect in Augusta Westland 101 (AW-101) helicopter procurement corruption. The new suspect is the Director of PT Diratama Jaya Mandiri (DJM), the company that won the project bid.

"After the Military Police (POM TNI) had named three suspects and exposed them, KPK named IKS (Irfan Kurnia Saleh), Director of PT DJM, as a suspect," said the Deputy Chairman of KPK, Basaria Panjaitan, in a press conference at his office, Jalan Kuningan Persada, South Jakarta, Friday (16/6).

Irfan was named as a suspect for allegedly making a commitment with Augusta Westland and marked up the helicopter price. Besides that, he also manipulated the project bid in the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) to make his company, PT Diratama Jaya Mandiri, win the tender.

"Previously, there was a contract worth Rp514 billion with AW (Augusta Westland) to manufacture transport helicopter on October 20, 2015. In July 2016, PT DJM was selected, and TNI AU made a contract worth Rp378 billion with PT DJM. According to our calculation, the state suffers losses worth Rp224 billion," Basaria added.

Irfan is charged with Article 2 paragraph (1) or Article 3 Law No.31/1999 that’s been amended to Law No.20/2001 on Corruption Eradication juncto Article 55 paragraph 1 point 1 of the Criminal Code (KUHP). (dtc/mfb)