Anti-graft body summons seven witnesses in tax case

Anti-graft body summons seven witnesses in tax case

Acting KPK spokesperson Ali Fikri. (Antara/HO-Humas KPK)

Today, (KPK is scheduled) to question witnesses in an alleged case of gratification or promise related to a tax audit at the Directorate General of Taxation between 2016 and 2017, with APA and his colleagues as suspects.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Thursday summoned seven witnesses in an alleged bribery case related to a tax audit at the Directorate General of Taxation between 2016 and 2017.

The witnesses will be questioned in connection with the case against former director of tax audit and collection, identified by his initials as APA, and his colleagues at the KPK building, acting KPK spokesperson Ali Fikri said in a written statement released on Thursday.

APA and his colleagues have been named suspects in the case.

“Today, (KPK is scheduled) to question witnesses in an alleged case of gratification or promise related to a tax audit at the Directorate General of Taxation between 2016 and 2017, with APA and his colleagues as suspects,” Fikri said.

The seven witnesses are Alfred Simanjuntak, Atik Djauhari, Muh Tunjung Nugroho, and Wawan Ridwan, who are all civil servants, and Ian Setya Mulyawan, former employee of PT Jhonlin Baratama, Naufal Binnur, employee of Foresight Consulting, and a financial staff officer of the Directorate General of Taxation, he informed.

KPK had named six suspects in the case on May 4, 2021, including the former director of tax audit and collection APA and former chief of cooperation and audit support sub-directorate at the Directorate General of Taxation, identified by his initials as DR. The two have been suspected of receiving bribes.

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The other suspects are the proxy of a taxpayer, identified by her initials as VL, and three tax consultants, identified by their initials as RAR, AIM, and AS.

During the case reconstruction, the KPK had alleged that APA and DR had endorsed, ordered, and accommodated the amount of tax due adjusted to the interests of the taxpayer or the party representing the taxpayer.

Both APA and DR are suspected of receiving bribes amounting to billions of rupiahs in connection with the audit of tax due of PT Gunung Madu Plantations in 2016, PT Bank PAN Indonesia Tbk in 2016, and PT Jhonlin Baratama in 2016 and 2017, Fikri said.

Between January and February 2018, they allegedly received Rp15 billion from PT Gunung Madu Plantations.

In 2018, they allegedly received 500 thousand Singapore dollars from PT Bank PAN Indonesia Tbk and a commitment of Rp25 billion.

In July-September 2019, they allegedly received three million Singapore dollars from PT Jhonlin Baratama.

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