Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Attorney General’s Office handed over the suspects and evidence collected in a case of alleged corruption in the granting of crude palm oil (CPO) export permits to the Central Jakarta District Attorney's Office on Monday.

Head of the Center for Legal Information at the Attorney General’s Office, Ketut Sumedana, said that after the transfer, the prosecution team immediately started preparing an indictment, which will be submitted to the Corruption Court, Central Jakarta.

"After the handover of the suspects and evidence, the public prosecution team will immediately prepare an indictment to complete the issuance of the five case files mentioned (before) to the Corruption Court at the Central Jakarta District Court," Sumedana said in a written statement.

The suspects have been identified as Indrasari Wisnu Wardhana, director general of foreign trade at the Trade Ministry as well as three CPO exporters—Stanley M.A., senior manager of corporate affairs at PT Pelita Agung Agrindustri/Permata Hijau Group; Master Parulian Tumanggor, commissioner of PT Wilmar Nabati Indonesia; and Picare Tagore, general manager of PT Musim Mas.

The suspects also include Lin Che Wei (LCW) alias Weibinanto Halimjati, founder and policy/analysis advisor at Independent Research & Advisory Indonesia (IRAI), whose services were used by the Ministry of Trade.

They will be detained for 20 days, starting from August 1 to 20, 2022.

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Suspects Indrasari and Master Parulian were detained at Salemba Jail at the Attorney General's Office. Tagore and Stanley were detained at Salemba Jail at the South Jakarta District Attorney's Office, while Wei was detained at Salemba Jail in Central Jakarta.

They are suspected to have violated Article 2 Paragraph 1, in conjunction with Article 18 of Law Number 31 of 1999 regarding the Eradication of Criminal Acts of Corruption, as amended and supplemented by Law of the Republic of Indonesia Number 20 of 2001 about Amendments to Law Number 31 of 1999 Jo. Article 55 Paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code (Primary); and Subsidiary Article 3, in conjunction with Article 18 of Law Number 31 of 1999, as amended and supplemented by Law Number 20 of 2001 Jo. Article 55 Paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code.

Their actions caused the state economic losses to the tune of Rp18.335 trillion, he said.

Investigators from the Attorney General’s Office had summoned former Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi as a witness in the case. He was the superior of Wardhana, one of the suspects.

The director of investigations at the Deputy Attorney General for Special Crimes at the Attorney General's Office, Supardi, said that currently, five suspects have been identified in the case.

“(There are five suspects) for the time being," he stated.

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Translator: Laily Rahmawaty, Mecca Yumna
Editor: Suharto
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