Jakarta. Business tycoon Hary Tanoesoedibjo has been named a suspect for allegedly threatening an Attorney General's Office investigator working on a tax fraud case in which he is implicated.
"[Hary Tanoesoedibjo] is now a suspect," Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo said in Jakarta on Friday (16/06), as quoted by state-run news agency Antara.
The investigator, identified as Yulianto, accused the United Indonesian Party (Perindo) chairman of having threatened him via text messages during an investigation into the case involving a Rp 10.75 billion ($809,000) tax restitution to telecommunications firm Mobile-8 in 2009.
The AGO says Hary's involvement in the case occurred in his capacity as commissioner of Mobile-8, which was part of the MNC Group.
During police questioning on Monday, Hary dismissed the allegations and said it was never his intention to threaten Yulianto.
"My messages were clearly not threatening," he told reporters at the National Police headquarters.
However, Yulianto said he checked the sender's contact number and after confirming that the messages came from Hary, reported him to the National Police's Criminal Investigation Unit (Bareskrim) for violating Article 29 of the 2008 Electronic Transactions Information (ITE) Law.