Ex-Garuda Indonesia boss arrested

09 Aug 2019  100 | Business & Trade Fairs

The former CEO of Indonesian carrier Garuda has been arrested on money-laundering charges linked to a major corruption scandal that saw British engine-maker Rolls-Royce pay more than $800 million in fines, anti-graft investigators said.

Emirsyah Satar’s arrest Wednesday comes over two years after he was named a suspect by Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for allegedly receiving kickbacks from Rolls-Royce in exchange for buying planes fitted with its engines.

Mr Satar – who has been widely credited with reviving the national carrier – has been accused of accepting some 1.2 million euros ($1.4 million) and $180,000 in cash while he headed the airline from 2005 to 2014, according to the agency.

The KPK said the charges are linked to contracts “worth billions of dollars” that Garuda had signed with Rolls-Royce and three other aviation manufacturers – France’s Airbus, Avions de Transport Regional (ATR) and Canada’s Bombardier – during Mr Satar’s tenure.

Indonesia’s anti-graft agency said it had confiscated a home in Jakarta as part of the multi-country probe, while Singapore authorities had seized a flat that belonged to Mr Satar and frozen several of his bank accounts in the neighbouring city state.

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