Humpuss And Timor's Scandal

Proof of Humpuss Sending Funds to Vista Bella
Wednesday, 12 December, 2007 | 13:43 WIB

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) already has proof of funds being sent from the Humpuss Group to PT Vista Bella Pratama, the buyer of PT Timor Putra Nasional’s assets from the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA).

“I’ve seen that funds were sent from Humpuss to Vista Bella,” said Yoseph Suardi Sabda, Director of Civil for the Deputy Attorney General of Civil and State Administration, yesterday (11/12).

The proof, he said, was the photocopy of a bank transfer to Vista Bella carried out in around March 2003.

“But I don’t know which bank or the amount,” said Yoseph.

Elza Syarief, lawyer for Hutomo Mandala Putra a.k.a. Tommy Suharto—owner of Humpuss and Timor, refused to make a statement regarding the proof mentioned by the AGO.

“I’m sorry I can’t explain it. It’s still too premature,” Elza told Tempo via a SMS.

According to Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Chairman, Taufiqurachman Ruki, the assets were in the form of IBRA's receivables against Timor, amounting to Rp4.576 trillion.

These receivables were auctioned by IBRA in June 2003, and then won by Vista Bella with a price of Rp512 billion.

Regarding whether or not the photocopy of the bank transfer could be used as legal evidence in court, Yoseph said, “In the civil charge against Suharto and Supersemar Foundation, AGO also used the photocopy a bank transfer.”

So far, he said, the investigation into case was still proceeding.

Yoseph went on to say that now the draft of the Finance Minister’s special authorization was still being composed.

The authorization, he said, will be the base for the AGO to follow up on the civil charges against Vista Bella, aiming at canceling the Timor’s asset sale transaction.

Rini Kustiani | Ninin Damayanti

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