Dozens of companies allegedly involved in the gold import scandal: AGO
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) suspected on Thursday that dozens of companies were involved in an alleged corruption case of smuggling gold at Soekarno-Hatta airport.
AGO’s Deputy Attorney General’s Director of Investigations for Special Crimes, Supardi, in his South Jakarta office on October 7, revealed that companies range from state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to private companies.
According to initial investigative reports, Supardi said the companies willfully evaded payment of import and excise taxes, but he did not speculate on the companies’ alleged violation of the law.
“Whether their actions are considered corruption or not will be revealed later,” Supardi said.
Suspicions regarding the alleged corruption of gold imports were first exposed during a hearing in the House of Representatives (DPR) where the lawmaker of the Indonesian Democratic Wrestling Party (PDI-P), Arteria Dahlan, urged the attorney general’s office to investigate an alleged smuggling of gold bars from Singapore. by Soekarno-Hatta airport.
The lawmaker has raised a possible manipulation of data in gold imports, which have cost the country up to 2,900 billion rupees in losses due to tax evasion.
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