On February 1, 2019, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named Samin Tan, owner of PT Borneo Lumbung Energi & Metal Tbk (BORN), a suspect of bribery. Samin was investigated after the KPK looked into the allegations of corruption related to the construction of the Riau Power Plant; a case that ensnared conglomerate Johannes Kotjo and former Minister of Social Affairs Idrus Marham (Golkar). We all know, however, that Samin had nothing to do with the power plant. Samin allegedly bribed Eni Maulani Saragih (who is the key person in the power plant graft case) in an attempt to save his other company PT Asmin Koalindo Tuhup. Recently, the KPK issued a new travel ban on Samin and his director. The KPK also continued with the examination of several witnesses. We later learned that Samin tried to file a pre-trial lawsuit only to withdraw it not long after.

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