James Riyadi Fulfilled the Call of the Indonesia's Anti-graft for the Meikarta Project Bribery Case - ANTARA FOTO

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commision (CEC) interrogated Chief Executive Officer of Lippo Group James Riady over the bribery case in the Meikarta Projects, said the spokesman on Tuesday (30/10).

He has arrived at the anti-graft agency office at 09.00 a.m, wore a blue shirt and black suit. There was no comments  given by Riady when he entered into the lobby of CEC.

The agency’s spokesman, Febri Diansyah confirmed about the summon of Riyadi as witness. He said, “Today he is scheduled for examination as a witness in the alleged bribery case of Meikarta project.”

The investigator will question him on the alleged bribery case received by Bekasi regent Neneng Hassanah Yasin and his staffs.

“There are a number of issue that we will clarify to James. For an example, his knowledge about the project and the permit,” added by Diansyah.

Previous the examination, CEC has searched Riady’s house in Karawaci, Tangerang. Beside that, the agency also raided 11 location in Bekasi and Tanggerang. From the 12 locations, the anti-graft body has confiscated some financial report, the project documents, contracts and moneys.

So far, CEC has examined 33 witness. Diansyah said that the CEC’s examination in the case will focus on five things like the flow and process of Meikarta permit, first phase of recommendation from West Java provincial government to Bekasi government, internal  flow and process in Lippo group, and will investigate the existence of corporate deeds in the case.

Beside the Bekasi regent, CEC has named eight other suspects including Operational Director of Lippo Group Billy Sindoro. The suspects from Bekasi goverment were allegedly received Rp7 billion (US$466,667) in relation to the permit of Meikarta project.

The money was part of the first phase of Rp13 billion commitment fee.
Riady could be the highest-profile businessman to have ever come under anti-gratf body’s investigations. In 2013, CEC investigations put businesswoman Siti Hartati Murdaya, who had strong link to the previous administration, into a jail for 32 months for involvement in a bribery case of plantation permits.

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