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AGO names two more suspects in Tin trading graft case, adding to a total of 13

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Investigators at the office of Junior Attorney General for Special Crimes have named two more graft suspects in the tin trading system of PT Timah’s Mining Business Permit (IUP) area from 2015 to 2022, adding to a total number of suspects in the case to 13 people.

Spokesman of the Attorney General’s Office Ketut Sumedana said that based on the results of the examination into 135 witnesses and associated with garnered evidence, the investigation team has raised the status of two witnesses to suspects, namely President Director of PT RBT identified as SP and Director of Business Development of PT RBT identified as RA.”They have their own role in the case,” said Ketut Sumedana in a statement on Thursday, February 22, 2024.

Chronology of events as recorded in the investigation results:

  • In 2018, Suspect SP together with Suspect RA initiated a meeting with Suspect MRPT alias RZ as President Director of PT Timah and Suspect EE as Finance Director of PT Timah to accommodate illegal tin mining in PT Timah’s IUP area;
  • During the meeting, Suspect SP and Suspect RA set the price to be approved by Suspect MRPT, as well as who would carry out the work;
  • Then the illegal activity was approved and wrapped by Suspect MRPT and Suspect EE with an agreement as if there was a lease cooperation for tin smelting processing equipment on the pretext of meeting the needs of PT Timah;
  • Then Suspect SP and Suspect RA together with Suspect MRPT and Suspect EE appointed certain companies as partners to carry out these activities, namely, PT SIP, CV VIP, PT SBS, and PT TIN;
  • The implementation of the illegal activities was then carried out by puppet companies, namely CV BJA, CV RTP, CV BLA, CV BSP, CV SJP, CV BPR, and CV SMS which were ostensibly covered by a Work Order for wholesale work to transport the remaining processing results (SHP) of tin minerals.

The last two suspects are charged with Article 2 Paragraph (1), Article 3 and Article 18 of Law No. 31/1999 as amended and supplemented by Law No. 20/2001 on the Amendment to Law No. 31/1999 on the Corruption Eradication and Article 55 paragraph (1) and 2 of the Criminal Code.

For the purpose of investigation, Suspect SP and Suspect RA would be detained at the Salemba Penitentiary for the next 20 days, starting from February 21 to March 11, 2024.

As previously reported, PT Timah illegally cooperated with several private companies, which resulted in the unlawful purchase of tin mining commodities.

“The tin mining products that were illegally bought back by PT Timah has caused state losses in this case,” said Ketut.

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