Indonesia’s Attorney General’s Office (AGO), which has been investigating alleged corruption at Garuda Indonesia involving the acquisition of some regional aircraft, has handed the case over to Indonesia’s public prosecutor.

Ketut Sumedana, head of the AGO’s legal information centre, says the AGO has handed the case files to the public prosecutor. This development is significant, as it suggests the case is moving from the investigation phase to prosecution.

The case files will be examined by the appointed research prosecutor within a period of seven days to determine whether the case file can be declared complete, says Sumedana.

The AGO investigated Garuda Indonesia for alleged corruption involving the procurement, lease and financing of its fleet of ATR 72-600s and Bombardier CRJ1000s. Garuda received its first Bombardier CRJ1000 in 2012 and its first ATR 72-600 in 2013.

Three suspects have been named in the corruption case: Agus Wahjudo, who was Garuda’s executive project manager aircraft delivery and a member of the airline’s aircraft procurement team; Setijo Awibowo, who was Garuda vice president strategic management office and a member of the airline’s procurement team; and Albert Burhan, who was Garuda’s vice president for treasury management.

Deputy attorney general for special crimes, Febrie Adriansyah, says the corruption resulted in the national airline incurring losses.

Photo credit: Paul McFarlane

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