Law and Crime

AGO Searches Three Places in Medan Related to CPO Export Case

Jakarta – The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) conducted searches and seizures in three places in Medan City, North Sumatra related to corruption in the provision of export facilities for Crude Palm Oil (CPO) and its derivatives, in the palm oil industry from January to April 2022.

Head of the AGO’s Legal Information Center, Ketut Sumedana, said the searches and seizures were carried out at the office of PT Wilmar Nabati Indonesia or Wilmar Group (WG), located at Building B & G Tower 9th Floor, Jalan Putri Hijau Number 10, Medan City, Musim Mas Office or Musim Mas Group (MMG), located at Jalan KL Yos Sudarso KM. 7.8, Tanjung Mulia Village, Medan Deli Sub-district, Medan City, and PT Permata Hijau Group (PHG) Office, located at Jalan Gajahmada Number 35, Medan City.

“From these three places, the Investigation Team succeeded in confiscating assets, namely the Musim Mas Office or Musim Mas Group (MMG), in the form of land with a total of 277 plots covering 14,620.48 hectares,” Sumedana said in his statement, Saturday (8/7/2023).

For the office of PT Wilmar Nabati Indonesia or Wilmar Group (WG), in the form of land with a total of 625 plots covering 43.32 hectares.

While at the PT Permata Hijau Group (PHG) Office in the form of land with a total of 70 plots covering 23.7 hectares, 5,588 rupiah currency totaling Rp385,300,000, 4,352 USD currency totaling USD435,200, 561 Malaysian ringgit currency totaling RM 52,000, and 290 Singapore dollar currency totaling SGD 250,450.

The confiscation and search were carried out based on the Investigation Order of the Deputy Attorney General for Special Crimes Number: PRINT-1334/F.2/Fd.1/07/2023 dated July 5, 2023.

“The confiscation and search were carried out in relation to the case of alleged corruption in the provision of export facilities for Crude Palm Oil (CPO) and its derivatives in the palm oil industry from January 2022 to April 2022,” he said.

Previously, the AGO had named three corporations as suspects, namely, the Wilmar Group, Permata Hijau Group and Musim Mas Group.

The corruption case has been tried at the Corruption Court at the Central Jakarta District Court and has been legally binding (inkracht) at the cassation level.

The five defendants related to the three corporations have been sentenced to imprisonment in the range of 5 – 8 years.

In the verdict of this case, Sumedana explained, there is one very important thing, namely that the Panel of Judges views the actions of the convicts as corporate actions.

Therefore, the Panel of Judges stated that it was the corporation (where the convicted persons worked) that obtained the illegal profits.

Therefore, the corporation must be responsible for recovering state losses due to its criminal acts.

In order to uphold justice, the Attorney General’s Office takes law enforcement steps by conducting corporate investigations, in order to prosecute criminal liability and to recover state finances.

As is known, the State suffered financial losses of Rp6.47 trillion as a result of this case.

In addition, the actions of the convicts have also had a significant impact, namely the occurrence of high prices and scarcity of cooking oil, resulting in a decline in society, especially the commodity of cooking oil.

As a result, in order to maintain the purchasing power of the community towards the commodity of cooking oil, the State was forced to disburse funds to the community in the form of direct cash assistance amounting to Rp6.19 trillion.

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