Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained ex-MatahariMall Chairman Emirsyah Satar for alleged money laundering and bribery relating to the procurement of aircraft parts, The Jakarta Post reported.
Back in June 2017, e27 reported that Satar was allegedly involved in a Rolls-Royce bribery case, prompting the Indonesian anti-corruption agency to probe Satar further.
At that time, Satar was said to receive bribery from Soetikno Soedarjo, the former president director of media magnate PT Mugi Rekso Abadi (MRA), consisting of EUR1.2 million (US$1.2 million) cash, another US$108,000 cash, and US$2 million worth of goods in Singapore and Indonesia.
Emirsyah Satar was seen leaving KPK building after being questioned by investigators in Jakarta on Wednesday, August 7.
KPK also detained Soetikno on the same day under the accusation that he has transferred US$407,000 to Satar for a home in South Jakarta.
Furthermore, KPK also looked into US$680,000 and EUR1.02 million that were allegedly sent to an account belonging to a company in Singapore, while US$868,000 was reportedly used to pay off an apartment in Singapore, both under Satar’s name.
Satar led Garuda Indonesia, the country’s flag carrier for almost 10 years before joining Lippo Group-owned MatahariMall.com after resigning from the airlines in 2014.
In 2018, MatahariMall rebranded into Matahari.com after merging with local fashion retail Matahari Department Store, quashing bankruptcy rumours.