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Tommy Suharto denies Rolls Royce bribes

Tommy Suharto, left, the youngest son of Indonesia’s former president, has denied receiving cash and a luxury car from Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc, his lawyer said.

Rolls Royce is the biggest aircraft engine manufacturer in Europe.

Suharto’s lawyer wrote to the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Bloomberg said. The lawyer, Elza Syarief said press reports that ‘Suharto had received $20 million and a Rolls-Royce car in return for business with national carrier Garuda Indonesia’ weren’t true.

“These accusations are false and have arisen, it appears, via Internet comments posted by an ex-employee, not through any formal source,” Syarief said.

Rolls Royce said in December last year the SFO had asked it to investigate allegations of misconduct involving intermediaries in Indonesia and China.

The head of the company’s aerospace division resigned in May this year. He had been promoted to his job four months earlier.

Late last year, reports appeared in China that Rolls-Royce bribed executives of Air China and China Eastern Airlines to win sales in 2005 and 2010.

In December last year, the Guardian reported alleged payments to Tommy Suharto. His father was president of Indonesia for thirty years until 1998.

‘The SFO has not contacted Rolls Royce, Garuda or Mr. Suharto and there is no legal case or investigation, pending or otherwise, in relation to these false allegations,’ Syarief said.

‘Neither money or a car were provided in exchange for convincing flag carrier Garuda to buy Trent 700 engines to power Airbus SAS A330 jets, the legal representative said,’ according to Bloomberg.


Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog. He can be contacted here.

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