General Attorney: Former Trade Minister Has a Central Role in Corruption

The Public Prosecutor (JPU) from the Attorney General's Office mentioned a number of roles of the former Minister of Trade (Mendag) Muhammad Lutfi in the alleged corruption case in granting Export Approval (PE) of Crude Palm Oil (CPO) and its derivatives or commonly referred to as the cooking oil corruption case.

It is known that in January 2022, M. Lutfi as the Minister of Trade at that time communicated via cellphone with Weibinanto Halimdjati alias Lin Che Wei.

"The one who asked 'Still the staff of the coordinating minister for the economy right?' and answered by Weibinanto Halimdjati alias Lin Che Wei 'yes'," said the attorney general of the Attorney General's Office Muhammad when reading the indictment for the former Director General of Foreign Trade Indra Sari Wisnu Wardhana at the Corruption Court (Tipikor) Jakarta, Wednesday (31/03/2020). 8/2022).

In addition, M. Lutfi also asked the Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto about Lin Che Wei's status.

"Is Weibinanto Halimdjati alias Lin Che Wei still on the staff of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and the answer is 'yes', then Weibinanto Halimdjati alias Lin Che Wei also told M. Luthfi that he has extensive experience and knowledge as an analyst in the palm oil industry," said the prosecutor.

Lin Che Wei is the Assistant Team for the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, one of which is to conduct studies on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of certain policies in the economic sector.

On January 14, 2022, M. Lutfi, Indra Sari Wisnu Wardhana, Director of Domestic Trade Oke Nurwan, the Ministry of Trade team and Lin Che Wei held a "zoom" meeting regarding the issue of cooking oil scarcity and inaccessibility of cooking oil by developing scenarios to stabilize and availability of cooking oil stocks and cooking oil raw materials.

The result is the prohibition and restriction (Lartas) of CPO exports, the exclusion of the Domestic Market Obligation (DMO) of 20 percent explicitly in the policies to be promulgated and the amount of the DMO of 20 percent or the discretion of the Minister of Trade through a consortium and the provision of subsidies through the Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency. (BPDPKS).

On January 16, 2022, M. Lutfi as the Minister of Trade then conveyed the results of the discussion in a Limited Coordination Meeting (Rakortas) of the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy by explaining the plan for controlling and distributing cooking oil in the country as well as ways to restrict exports, the slide material has been prepared and presented directly by M. Lutfi.

On January 27, 2022 at the Office of the Ministry of Trade, M. Luthfi then issued the DMO and Domestic Price Obligation (DPO) policies which were updated several times until February 8, 2022, the Minister of Trade Regulation No. 8 year 2022.

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