Saturday, January 17, 2009

Billy Sindoro & Lippo

During the trial at the Corruption Court (Pengadilan Tipikor) on Monday 12 January, two witnesses have revealed that Billy Sindoro is part of the Lippo Group.

According to The Jakarta Post the Chief Executive Officer of PT Direct Vision Nelia Concapcion Molato has testified that Billy did not have a structural position in the company but he is representative of the Lippo Group who interviewed her to be CEO and she always reported the company’s financial information to him. She said that Lippo and Astro were shareholders of PT Direct Vision in 2005. That year, both companies signed an agreement requiring Astro to provide broadcasting programs to PT Direct Vision, including the English Premier League, in return Lippo would give Astro a 51% share of PT. Direct Vision.
Later, PT Indonusa Telemedia, PT Indosat Mega Media and PT Media Nusantara Citra Sky Vision filed a complaint with the KPPU over the alleged monopoly held by PT Direct Vision over the rights to broadcast English Premier League soccer matches.
In this regards, the IT Manager of PT Lippo E-net Benedict Sulaiman confirmed that Billy was a senior official in Lippo Group. He also said that made the reservation on Sept. 16, 2008 at Aryaduta Hotel, Jakarta, where Billy and a member of the Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU) Muhammad Iqbal were arrested by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). At that time Billy gave Iqbal a black bag containing Rp 500 million after the KPPU ruled in favor of Direct Vision in a dispute over the rights to broadcast English soccer matches.

Considering that Billy Sindoro conducted the bribery as a representative of the Lippo Group, therefore the latter should be the (Main) Defendant in the case, and the former merely an accomplice.

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