Airport parking graft fugitive arrested

A joint task force of the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and Denpasar Prosecutor’s Office on Saturday arrested Chris Sridana at the Platinum Executive Club in Denpasar for his alleged involvement in a vehicle parking data manipulation case which caused Rp 20.8 billion (US$1.79 million) in state losses. “The suspect was arrested at around 12:30 a.m. at the Platinum Executive Club on Jl. Suwung Batan Kendal No. 20 in South Denpasar,” Attorney General’s Office (AGO) spokesman Setia Untung Arimuladi said in a release to the media.

In the Indonesian criminal system, three institutions — the Prosecutor’s Office, police and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) — are authorized to arrest suspects in corruption cases. Chris was the president director of PT Penata Sarana Parkir Bali (PSB) that won the tender from state airport operator PT Angkasa Pura to manage parking at Ngurah Rai International Airport. Previously, the joint task force had arrested three other suspects in the case: Inderapura Bernoza who was PSB’s general manager, Mikhael Maksi who was PSB operations manager and Rudi Johnson Sitorus from the administration department of PSB.

Chris, along with his three accomplices, is alleged to have manipulated the number of vehicles entering the airport and their parking duration from October 2008 to December 2011, hence cutting the profit shared with Angkasa Pura. They are facing a minimum of four years and a maximum of 20 years of prison time for breaching the 1999 Law on corruption and 2001 corruption law. “The investigators confiscated 23 letters and documents related to the case, as well as houses, office buildings and land in Denpasar and Tabanan worth around Rp 15.1 billion.” Chris now remains at Kerobokan jail awaiting trial. PSB won the car parking tender in 2000.

Angkasa Pura, the state-owned company that manages airports across the country, said that it had uncovered the corrupt practice after observing that Ngurah Rai, one of the busiest airports in Indonesia, generated lower parking income than other airports. “Based on these observations, the internal audit team conducted an investigation and, in 2012, discovered the misconduct,” Angkasa Pura Bali office spokesman Alfansyah said. He said that based on the contract violation, Angkasa Pura terminated its cooperation with PSB and demanded it return the state losses. However, the company management seemed to have no intention of answering to the operator’s request.

Angksa Pura then proceeded with legal action, he added. “We have tried to discuss it with them, but they showed no good intention. Because this is a matter of state loss, we reported it to the authorities,” he said. Ngurah Rai used to earn Rp 20 million per day in gross parking profit when cooperating with PSB. After the contract termination, it could reap up to Rp 45 million per day.

source : bali daily

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