Fugitive Surya Darmadi Appears at the Attorney General's Office

Arfi Bambani
Surya Darmadi arrives at Attorney General's Office, Monday August 15, 2022
Surya Darmadi arrives at Attorney General's Office, Monday August 15, 2022 - The suspect in the corruption case over the control of oil palm land, Surya Darmadi, arrived at the Attorney General's Office (AGO), Monday, August 15, 2022, at 13:56 Western Indonesia Time, to fulfill the summons. Darmadi's arrival ended his fugitive status.

"Following our promise that on the 15th (Monday), our client, Surya Darmadi alias Apeng, has fulfilled the summons; and today he is officially participating in all processes at the Attorney General's Office and in other law enforcement agencies," said Surya Darmadi's attorney, Juniver Girsang, told reporters at the AGO's Roundabout, Jakarta, Monday.

Girsang also confirmed that it was not true that his client had run away because it was proven that Surya Darmadi had come to the Attorney General's Office. "There is information stating that he has been running away all this time, that is not true. This presence proves that our client is very cooperative," he stated.

Surya Darmadi came from Taipei, China, and arrived in Indonesia, Monday, around 13.00 WIB. Next, Darmadi went to the AGO to undergo an examination.

The owner of the Duta Palma Group has been named a suspect in a corruption case in controlling palm oil land because it has cost the state up to IDR 78 trillion.

Previously, the Head of the Attorney General's Office for Legal Information (Kapuspenkum) Ketut Sumedana said that the investigative team had properly summoned Surya Darmadi three times. The summons was sent to his residence, Jalan Bukit Golf Utama PE. 9 Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta.

Furthermore, the summons was also sent to the Palma Group Duta Office at Palma Tower, 22nd floor on Jalan R.A. Kartini III-S Lot 6, Pondok Pinang, South Jakarta. The final summons was sent to Surya Darmadi's apartment at 21 Nassim Road # 01-18 Nassim Park Residences Singapore. Summons were also announced in several newspapers.

"The Attorney General considers that the SD suspect has relinquished his rights in defending in law enforcement and will continue to coordinate in the search and law enforcement to continue as per the prevailing laws and regulations," said Sumedana, Monday, August 8.

In this case, the investigation team of the Deputy Attorney General for Special Crimes has named two suspects. They are Surya Darmadi (SD) as the owner of PT Duta Palma Group and Raja Thamsir Rachman (RTS) as the Regent of Indragiri Hulu for the period 1999-2008.

Both were suspected of violating the primary Article 2 paragraph (1) in conjunction with Article 18 of Law Number 31 of 1999 concerning the Eradication of Criminal Acts of Corruption as amended by Law Number 20 of 2001 in conjunction with Article 55 paragraph (1) 1 of the Criminal Code. With subsidiary, Article 3 in conjunction with Article 18 of Law no. 31/1999 as amended by Law no. 20/2001 in conjunction with Article 55 paragraph (1) 1 of the Criminal Code.

Surya Darmadi is suspected of violating Article 3 or Article 4 of Law Number 8 of 2010 concerning the Eradication of Money Laundering Crime. The actions of these suspects caused state losses of up to IDR 78 trillion. A total of Rp 10 trillion is the value of state losses. The rest, according to the prosecutor's office, is the value of the state's economic losses.

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