Ex-Indonesian President’s Son Denies Bribery Claims

The son of Indonesia’s former president did not receive cash and a luxury car in return for business in the country from Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc, Europe’s largest maker of aircraft engines, his lawyer said.

Tommy Suharto, youngest son of the former president and formally called Hutomo Mandala Putra, denied the allegations in a letter to Serious Fraud Office Chairman David Green, his lawyer Elza Syarief said. Syarief referred to press reports that Suharto had received $20 million and a Rolls-Royce car in return for business with national carrier Garuda Indonesia PT.

“These accusations are false and have arisen, it appears, via Internet comments posted by an ex-employee, not through any formal source,” Syarief said in the statement.

Rolls-Royce said Dec. 6 it had contacted the SFO over concerns of wrongdoing in business dealings in Asia. It named David Gold, a member of the House of Lords and previously a partner at the Herbert Smith LLP law firm, on Jan. 10 to review anti-corruption procedures and has tightened policies on working with intermediaries.

“The SFO has not contacted Rolls Royce, Garuda or Mr. Suharto and there is no legal case or investigation, pending or otherwise, in relation to these false allegations,” Syarief said. Neither money or a car were provided in exchange for convincing flag carrier Garuado to buy Trent 700 engines to power Airbus SAS A330 jets, the legal representative said.

(Corrects first name in second paragraph.)
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