Rudi Rubiandini, former chief of SKKMigas

Indonesia’s independent Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it has finished its investigations of former chief of the upstream oil and gas regulator (SKKMigas) Rudi Rubiandini, who was detained in August on suspicion of corruption and money laundering.

“Today the dossier on Rubiandini has been submitted to the KPK prosecutors to prepare indictment,” KPK spokesman Johan Budi said in Jakarta Tuesday.

KPK prosecutors now have 14 days to prepare the indictment, according to the spokesman.

When Rubiandini was arrested in August, authorities found about $200,000 in cash in his home.

They also recovered $350,000 in his safe deposit box at Bank Mandiri, and Singapore currency worth about $50,000 and 180 grams of gold coins from his safe box in his office.

Rubiandini was arrested with his golf trainer Deviardi, who allegedly handled bribes of $700,000 from Simon Gunawan Tanjaya, a director of the PT Kernel Oil Private Limited, the Indonesia unit of  Singapore-based Kernel Oil.

The KPK also raided the office of the secretary general of the energy and mineral resources ministry, Waryono Karno, and confiscated $200,000 from Waryono’s hand bag, Antara reported.

Waryono is a potential witness in the case and has been banned from leaving Indonesia, the KPK has said.

The prosecutors from the KPK, which has a 100% conviction rate, earlier demanded a 4-year jail term for Kernel Oil’s Gunawan.

SKKMigas sells excess oil and gas that can’t be used by state energy company Pertamina Persero.

About 40 firms are registered to buy oil and gas from SKKMigas.

Three other top SKKMigas officials were also arrested in the days following Rubiandini’s arrest.


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