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Singapore trader admits $700,000 SKKMigas bribe

Singapore trader admits $700,000 SKKMigas bribe

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An official of Singapore-based Kernel Oil paid suspended SKKMigas chief Rudi Rubiandini $700,000 in bribes to break into Indonesia’s oil industry, a lawyer for the company said Tuesday.

The Jakarta Globe said Kernel’s Simon Gunawan Tanjaya admitted paying two bribes totaling $700,000 to Rubiandini golf trainer, a man named Deviardi.

Kernel’s attorney Junimart Girsang met with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) at the agency’s headquarters in Jakarta. He said the Kernel official paid $300,000 before Idul Fitri and allegedly delivered a second bribe of $400,000 after the holiday.

The KPK seized more than $300,000 in cash and gold from Rubiandini’s office and a safety deposit box after his arrest.

Earlier reports said about $400,000 was taken from his house when he was arrested.

SKKMigas regulates Indonesia’s petroleum production sector. It has existed for just nine months, since a court dissolved its predecessor, BP Migas.

KPK investigators also reportedly took a bag containing $200,000 in cash from the office of the secretary general of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Waryono Karyo.

SKKMigas can only award oil and gas contracts with approval of the ministry, the Jakarta Globe said.

Waryono has denied being involved in the graft.

He said he was shocked to be implicated in this case.

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