Ex-Air Force Chief Testifies in Chopper Graft Probe

Former Air Force chief Marshal Agus Supriatna showed up for questioning on Wednesday (03/01) in an ongoing probe into graft surrounding the purchase of an Italian-made AgustaWestland helicopter. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak)

By : Alin Almanar | on 3:28 PM January 03, 2018
Category : News, Featured, Corruption

Jakarta. Former Air Force chief Marshal Agus Supriatna showed up for questioning on Wednesday (03/01) in an ongoing probe into graft surrounding the purchase of an Italian-made AgustaWestland helicopter.

Agus testified against the president director of military equipment supplier Diratama Jaya Mandiri, Irfan Kurnia Saleh, who has been named a suspect in the case.

The case revolves around the $55 million purchase of the AW101 helicopter, which caused the state to lose $16 million. The purchase plan was revoked by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in 2015, but Agus, who led the Air Force at the time, insisted to continue the plan.

Agus, exiting the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters in Jakarta, declined to comment about the case.

"Don't talk to me about that. There has been an institution stating about the alleged graft," he told reporters. "All of this is within KPK's responsibility. I've explained what could be explained."

Agus, citing the military oath of loyalty, added: "There have been doctrines in place. Soldiers can't issue any statement carelessly."

Agus had earlier failed to answer two KPK summonses. Agency spokesman Febri Diansyah said his office has coordinated with military police in the investigation.

"The principle is that KPK and the military police are supporting each other," Febri said. "After all, military commitment to becoming part of corruption eradication is highly important."

Four Air Force personnel have also been named suspects in the case. They include the deputy governor of the air force academy, Air Commodore Fachri Adamy.

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