Police send red notice to Interpol for condensate case suspect

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The police criminal investigation unit (Bareskrim) has sent a red notice to the International Police (Interpol) to locate the former owner of PT Trans Pacific Petrochemical Indotama (TPPI), Honggo Wendratno, a suspect in the condensate corruption case.

"We have sent the red notice," Bareskrim chief Commissioner General Ari Dono Sukmanto stated here on Thursday.

The absence of Honggo has deterred the police from handing over the evidence and suspects to the Attorney General Office, which required the police to present the three suspects in the graft case.

In Feb 2016, the police detained two of the three suspects allegedly connected with corruption in the sale of state-owned condensates in 2009.

The two detained suspects are former head of the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (BP Migas), Raden Priyono, and former BP Migas financial deputy, Djoko Harsono,

However, they failed to detain the third suspect, who is currently overseas.

The graft case has caused state losses of up to US$2.7 billion.

"Prosecutors want the three suspects. But only two of them are ready to be handed over," he noted.

The AGO has stated that after more than two years, the condensate case file has finally been completed.

The case began after BP Migas policy to directly appoint TPPI to handle the sale of condensate for the period of 2009-2010 in October 2008.

But the company had not signed the contract when it had its first lifting in May 2009.

BP Migas also made a direct appointment for kerosene/condensate sale, which was a violation against its mechanism on the sale of the state portion of crude oil/condensate, Attorney General HM Prasetyo revealed.

"Then, 11 months later, the working contract was made. It means that the signing of the contract was outdated and continued until 2011," he added.

The condensate should be sold to state-owned oil company PT Pertamina as Ron 88 fuel oil, but the company processed them into liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in its affiliate company Tuban LPG Indonesia (TLI).

"There are at least six violations in the case, and an audit conducted by BPK (the Supreme Audit Agency) stated that the state loss has reached $2.716 billion," he pointed out.

Source: ANTARA News

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