Jakarta. Business tycoon and media mogul Hary Tanoesoedibjo has insisted that he had nothing to do with the fraud case involving a Rp 10.75 billion ($820,000) tax restitution made to his telecommunication firm Mobile-8.
Hary, who is also chairman of the United Indonesian Party (Perindo), made the statement on Thursday (17/03) when he responded to a summons by the Attorney General's Office for questioning as a witness in the case, which first emerged after Mobile-8 received the tax restitution in 2009.
"I, as a commissioner, do not deal with taxes. There are already others who have managed all of that, as I have many companies," Hary said.
Mobile-8 – the network provider for Fren, which has since become Smartfren – allegedly created a series of fictitious equipment purchases from provider company Djaja Nusantara Komunikasi (DKN) between 2007 and 2009 in order to claim a tax refund.
"Just prove it. Even if I am targeted as a suspect, that will be a political risk," said Hary, who was accompanied by his lawyer Hotman Paris Hutapea.
The case drew public attention in February, when Hary and AGO investigator Yulianto reported each other to police.
Hary filed a report against top prosecutor H.M. Prasetyo and Yulianto for defamation and perjury.
The move is believed to have been in response to a report Yulianto filed against Hary for allegedly sending him threatening text messages.