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Energy Minister Jero Wacik questioned as witness over gratification case

JAKARTA (Rambu Energy) – Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Monday questioned the Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik for six hours as a witness over gratification case which implicating President Director PT Kaltim Parna Industri, Artha Meris Simbolon.

Artha Meris has been declared as a suspect by KPK for bribing former Head of Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas business Activitis (SKK Migas).

Jero Wacik told reporters after the questioning that KPK questioned him about mechanism on how to determine gas price. “I told everything to the investigators,” said Jero Wacik.

He said under the existing mechanism, all natural gas price (LNG) are supervised by SKK Migas.

Artha Meris said in a number of occassions that she was not implicated in the bribery case.

In late April, a panel of Jakarta Corruption Court (Tipikor) judges sentenced Rudi Rubiandini to seven years in prison. The court also ordered him to pay Rp 200 million in fines or be charged with an additional three months in prison should he fail to pay the fine.
The court said Rudi was proven guilty of accepting bribes from various parties. Rudi accepted the verdict.

Rudi Rubiandini was found to have accepted US$ 900,000 and US$200,000 in bribes from Widodo Ratanachaitong of Kernel Oil Private Limited. Rudi was also found to have pocketed US$ 522,000 in bribes from Artha Meris Simbolon of PT Kaltim Parna Industry.

Rudi was also found guilty of accepting bribes from his colleagues at SKK Migas through his golf trainer Deviardi.  Rudi’s sentence was lighter than the 10-year sentence sought by prosecutors. (RK)

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