Indonesia detains HTK president director Agustono

Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained Taufik Agustono, president director of shipping company PT Humpuss Transportasi Kimia (HTK), in a bribery case, the Jakarta Post has reported.

The case involves payments made to a politician, Bowo Sidik Pangarso, to secure a shipping contract with a state-run fertiliser firm. Bowo was jailed in December for five years for taking the bribe.

“[Taufik] was declared a suspect following an arrest on March 28th 2019, involving Bowo as a [bribe] recipient,” KPK commissioner Lili Pintauli Siregar said in a press conference on Friday June 26th.

She went on to assert that the former legislator received several payments from HTK between November 2018 and March 2019, amounting to US$88,733 and a local currency equivalent of $6,284.

The antigraft agency accused the suspect of violating Article 5 or 13 of the 2001 Corruption Law.

Lili said that Taufik would be detained at the KPK detention facility for further questioning for 20 days until July 15th. “There will be an isolation period of 14 days as a part of our protocol to prevent Covid-19 transmission,” she said.

The antigraft agency named Taufik a suspect in October 2019 for his alleged involvement in bribing Bowo, who had a role in helping close a business deal between HTK and PT Pupuk Indonesia Logistik (PILOG), a subsidiary of state-owned fertilizer enterprise Pupuk Indonesia Holding Company (PHIC).

Humpuss subsidiary Humpuss Intermoda Transportasi has a fleet of 13 vessels according to VesselsValue, made up of 9 tankers, 2 LNG carriers and an LPG carrier.