The search was carried out by the AGO team at a number of companies in East Java and West Java.
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — Investigators from the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) have sealed more than 23 tons of industrial salt ownership from the results of searches related to allegations of corruption in granting salt import permits by the Ministry of Trade (Kemendag). The Head of the Information and Legal Center (Kapuspenkum) at the Attorney General’s Office, Ketut Sumedana, said the sealing by the team of the Junior Attorney General for Special Crimes (Jampidsus) was carried out on a number of companies and salt warehouses located in East Java (East Java) and in West Java (Jabar).
Ketut said the search had been carried out since Tuesday (20/9/2022). In Surabaya, East Java, the Jampidsus team conducted a search of the office and the salt import company, PT Firma Sariguna.
From the search, said Ketut, investigators sealed 240 bags of super fine salt. One sack contains 25 Kilograms (Kg) of salt. That is, the total weight that is sealed is 6,000 kg of salt, or the equivalent of 6 tons.
“In addition to sealing 240 bags of super fine salt, searches were also carried out by confiscation of several salt import documents,” said Ketut, Thursday.
According to Ketut, the Jampidsus investigation team also conducted a search at CV Usaha Baru, which is also in Surabaya. From the search, the investigating prosecutor also sealed 686 bags of finely imported salt, or the equivalent of 17,150 kg.
From the searches at the two locations, and the sealing carried out at the two places in Surabaya, the investigating prosecutors sealed a total of 23,150 kg of imported salt, equivalent to 23 tons. Furthermore, said Ketut, the investigation team also conducted a search at the PT NGC Warehouse Office in Cirebon Regency, West Java. Also conducted a search of a salt storage warehouse owned by the initials O, which is located in the West Bandung area.
“Searchs were also carried out at the office and salt factory owned by PT GSB, in the city of Sukabumi,” said Ketut.
Allegation investigation salt import corruption new cases handled by Jampidsus since Monday (27/6/2022). However, three months into the investigation process, the team at Jampidsus has not yet named a suspect.
Attorney General ST Burhanuddin explained that the case was related to the provision of facilities import of industrial salt published by the Ministry of Trade 2016-2022. It is said that the Ministry of Trade has issued industrial salt import approvals to 21 private importing companies. Burhanuddin revealed that the three companies suspected of abusing the import approval were PT MTS, PT SM, and PT UI. The three companies received a salt import quota of 3.77 million tons, with a total value of Rp 2.05 trillion.
However, in granting the import permit, the authorities at the Ministry of Trade did not verify it. Mainly concerning the matter of checking the stock of industrial salt produced by local farmers in the country. “As a result of granting import permits, it is detrimental to the country’s economy because there is an excess of imported salt which is cheaper, and makes local salt unable to compete (sold) in its own market,” said Burhanuddin.