Hary Tanoe: AGO Has No Rights to Investigate Mobile-8 Case

Saturday, 08 July 2017 , 09:00:00 WIB -

Owner of MNC Group, Hary Tanoesoedibjo (right), left the investigation room after he got questioned at the National Police Criminal Investigation Agency´s (Bareskrim Polri) Directorate of Cybercrime, Jakarta, Monday (12/6). Hary Tanoe was questioned as a witness in a blackmail against an investigator of the Junior Attorney General for Specific Crimes, Yulianto. (ANTARA)

Hary Tanoesoedibjo has served the summons from the Attorney General’s Office (AGO). After the AGO had questioned him, he explained that he wins a pretrial of the same case, which is the tax refund of Mobile 8.

In the pretrial ruling, the judge decided that the AGO has no rights to investigate the case. Therefore, he stated that the investigators can’t continue looking into the case.

"Mobile 8 has won a pretrial on November 29, 2016. The pretrial judge decided that the case is a taxation issue, and the AGO has no rights to investigate it. I have delivered and explained that," Hary Tanoe said after he got questioned at the AGO Building, Thursday (6/7).

Hary Tanoe was questioned for 7.5 hours, and he received 30 questions. He mentioned that he had explained his status as a commissioner in Mobile 8 until June 2009 when he was questioned.

He considered that the evidence used by the AGO in the case would be invalid in the trial. According to him, the case is a taxation issue.

"All of the evidence has been delivered, including a letter from the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK). A letter from the Finance Ministry on November 18, 2016, has been used as evidence. However, the judge stated that it’s a taxation issue. So, whatever the evidence they show as long as the object is a tax refund, the case can only be handled by the tax agency," Hary said.

Previously, the AGO issued a letter to start an investigation (Sprindik) on the case at early 2017. Regarding the case, the corruption allegation in PT Mobile-8 came up after the AGO investigators found a false transaction between the company and PT Djaya Nusantara in the period of 2007-2009.

Chief of Investigation Subdirectorate in the Junior Attorney General for Specific Crimes, Yulianto, stated the audit result from BPK in 2016 shows that the case has aggrieved the state for Rp86 billion. (dtc/mfb)