– The Attorney General’s Office (Kejagung) summoned the Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto to be investigated as a witness in the alleged corruption case in the provision of Crude Palm Oil (CPO) export facilities.

“It is planned that at 16.00 he (Airlangga) will confirm his presence,” said the Head of the Criminal Investigation Unit at the Attorney General’s Office, Ketut Sumedana, Tuesday, July 18, 2023.

When it was confirmed that the inspection was related to the case of granting export licenses to the three companies, Ketut only answered a summons regarding the “CPO case”.

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Previously, the AGO had also questioned the Head of the Legal Bureau of the Ministry of Trade as a witness in an investigation into a corruption case regarding the approval of the export of crude palm oil and its derivative products, including cooking oil.

Ketut said the witness with the initials SH. Apart from SH, he said, investigators are also examining a civil servant at the ministry with the initials AS.

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“The two witnesses are being examined in connection with the investigation into the alleged criminal act of corruption in the provision of export facilities for crude palm oil (CPO) and its derivatives to the palm oil industry from January 2022 to April 2022,” said Ketut in his statement.

The AGO has named three companies, namely Wilmar Group, Permata Hijau Group, and Musim Mas Group, as suspects in cases of alleged corruption in the export permits for crude palm oil (CPO) and its derivatives for the 2021-2022 period. The three corporations were announced as suspects by the AGO on June 15.).

The three corporations mentioned above were processed by law based on a decision of the Supreme Court (MA) which already has permanent legal force or inrah against the defendant in the cooking oil corruption case.

Some of the inkrah cases include former Director General of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Trade (Kemendag) Indrasari Wisnu Wardhana and Policy Advisor/Analyst for Independent Research & Advisory Indonesia (IRAI) and the Assistance Team for the Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Weibinanto Halimdjati alias Lin Che Wei. ()

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