Four suspects in the alleged corruption case for the procurement of a satellite orbit slot 123 degrees east longitude for the 2012-2021 period at the Ministry of Defense have been officially detained.
The suspects were detained by investigators connected to the Junior Attorney General for Military Crimes at the Attorney General’s Office.
Head of the Legal Information Center at the Attorney General’s Office Ketut Sumedana in his statement in Jakarta said the detentions were made after the four suspects underwent examination.
“The four suspects are being held at the Salemba State Detention Center, Attorney General’s Office Branch,” said Ketut, Friday (13/1/2023) quoted from Antara.
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The four suspects are Arifin Wiguna as Commissioner of PT Dini Nusa Kesuma (DNK), Surya Cipta Witoelar as Main Director of PT DNK, and Rear Admiral (Purn) Agus Purwoto as former Director General of Defense Forces of the Ministry of Defense for the period December 2013 to August 2016.
Then one suspect is foreign national Thomas Van Der Heyden as an expert at PT DNK. The four suspects were arrested on Thursday (12/1).
“The detention was carried out by connectivity investigators in the context of transferring the case to the prosecution stage,” said Ketut.
This is in accordance with Article 21 paragraph (1) and paragraph (4) of the Criminal Procedure Code concerning the objective and subjective requirements for the detention of suspects.
In this case, the suspects jointly procured a satellite orbit slot 123 degrees BT, the Artemis satellite lease contract from Avanti on the pretext that it was in an emergency to save spectrum allocation at the orbit slot 123 degrees (BT).
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However, in reality, the Artemis satellite that had been leased did not work because the specifications of the Artemis satellite were not the same as the previous satellite, namely Garuda-1 which could not function and was not useful.
“This action resulted in state losses, was carried out unlawfully and violated statutory regulations,” said Ketut.
State losses estimated to arise in this case amount to Rp. 500.579 billion, which comes from payments for satellite leases and arbitration awards worth Rp. 480.324 billion and payment for consulting services of Rp. 20.255 billion.
The suspects were charged with Article 2 paragraph (1) in conjunction with Article 18 subsidiary Article 3 in conjunction with Article 18 of the Law on the Eradication of Corruption Crimes in conjunction with Article 55 paragraph (1) 1st of the Criminal Code.
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