JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has asked the immigration directorate general and the ministry for law and human rights to ban six Indonesians for allegedly receiving bribes from a British company, Innospec Ltd. The six suspects who were banned from leaving Indonesia were Rachmat Sudibyo, Suroso Atmomartoyo, Mustiko Saleh, Willy Sebastian, Muhammad Syakir, and Herwanto Wibowo, a KPK official said here Sunday.
The commission’s spokesman, Johan Budi, said the ban was related to KPK’s investigation into the alleged Innospec bribery case. Director of the Immigration Directorate General’s Immigration Investigation and Law Enforcement R.Muchdor told ANTARA that the ban was issued in response to KPK’s request.
"They have been banned as requested by the KPK," he said adding that the commission had asked his office to ban the six suspects through its letter dated on April 8, 2010.
Like Johan Budi, Muchdor was also reluctant to elaborate things related to the ban request. Based on the KPK letter number KEP-167/01-22/04/2010 dated on April 8, 2010 to the Immigration Directorate General, the six suspects were requested to be stopped from leaving Indonesia.
A day after receiving the letter, the Immigration Directorate General issued a letter number IMI.5.GR.02.06-3.20210 asking all immigration authorities in the country to ban the suspects. The names of Rachmat Sudibyo and Suroso Atmomartoyo were mentioned in a report of 37 non-governmental organizations, which grouped into "Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Indonesia" to KPK.
The PWYP Indonesia said Rachmat Sudibyo was former director general for oil and gas affairs, while Suroso Atmomartoyo was former director of the state oil company PT Pertamina’s exploration division. The PWYP-Indonesia accused them of receiving bribes of eight million US dollars or about Rp80 billion from Innospec Ltd to smooth the use of leaded gasoline in Indonesia.
"We ask KPK to bring all former state officials to justice," PWYP-Indonesia’s National Coordinator Ridaya Laodengkowe said.
The PWYP-Indonesia suspected that the bribes were conducted by Innospect’s agent in Indonesia, PT Soegih Interjaya, because Willy Sebastian and Muhammad Syakir were from PT Soegih Interjaya. This NGO group said that PT Soegih Interjaya was in charge of selling Tetra Ethyl Lead/TEL.
Referring to the verdict of Southwark Crown’s court in the United Kingdom, the PWYP-Indonesia said that Innospect had bribed two former Indonesian officials through its Indonesian agent since 2000. The British court argued that the bribes were related to the company’s efforts to hamper the Indonesian government regulations on prohibiting the use of leaded gasoline.