AGO questions ex-BRI president director over electric cars

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Attorney Generals Office (AGO) has questioned former president director of state lender Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) Sofyan Basyir in the alleged graft case related to the procurement of electric cars.

"It is true that Basyir, who is currently the president director of state electricity company PLN, has been questioned," Junior Attorney General for Special Crimes Arminsyah said here on Thursday.

He added that the AGO has also questioned Hendi Priyo Santoso, former president director of state gas company PT Perusahaan Gas Nasional (PGN) and Karen Agustiawan, former president director of state oil and gas company PT Pertamina (Persero) as witnesses in the alleged graft case involving former state enterprises minister Dahlan Iskan.

The questioning was intended to review the flow of funds from the three state-owned companies for the procurement of 16 electric cars for delegates of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit held in Bali in 2013.

The Attorney Generals Office has named Iskan and director of PT Sarimas Ahmadi Pratama, Dasep Ahmadi, as suspects in the alleged graft case.

Dasep was later found guilty and sentenced to seven years in jail and fined Rp200 million and faced another six months imprisonment based on the Supreme Courts ruling.

In its ruling, the Supreme Court stated that the former state enterprises minister had been involved in the graft case.

Iskan objected to the ruling naming him as a suspect in the case. He later filed a pretrial motion with the South Jakarta district court. However, the court rejected the pretrial motion.(*)