Karen Agustiawan: The Suspect in the Suspected LNG Corruption Case

Karen Agustiawan: The Suspect in the Suspected LNG Corruption Case


The KPK has determined Karen Agustiawan as a suspect in a suspected purchasing corruption case liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied natural gas which is said to have cost the country IDR 2.1 trillion. Who really is Karen Agustiawan?

Judging from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) website, Wednesday (20/9/2023), this woman whose full name is Galaila Karen Kardinah is a woman born on October 19 1958. Karen is a graduate of ITB Physics Engineering class of 1978.

After graduating from ITB Engineering Physics in 1978, Karen began her career at a number of oil and gas companies. Karen used to be an analyst and programmer for the development of reserve calculations (reserve calculation), processor seismic, and quality control systems for various seismic projects.

Karen has also led exploratory computing department projects (exploration computing department). Karen joined Pertamina in 2006 as Director of Pertamina Hulu.

In 2009, Karen was appointed as President Director of Pertamina. Karen is also recorded as having reported her assets to the Corruption Eradication Committee several times.

In 2008, Karen reported that her assets amounted to IDR 1,906,624,190 (IDR 1.9 billion). Karen’s assets increased to IDR 2,574,715,487 (IDR 2.5 billion) in the LHKPN she reported in 2009.

In 2012, Karen reported that his assets amounted to Rp. 19,356,680,418 (Rp. 19.3 billion). He reported that his assets amounted to Rp. 35,151,878,857 (Rp. 35.1 billion) and USD 100 thousand in July 2014.

Karen reported her assets again on October 30 2014 when she was already the former Managing Director of Pertamina. In her latest LHKPN, Karen was recorded as having assets of IDR 33,941,001,769 (IDR 33.9 billion) and USD 57,289.

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Now, Karen has been named by the KPK as a suspect in an alleged corruption case related to the purchase of LNG. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) charged Karen with Article 2 paragraph 1 or Article 3 of the Republic of Indonesia Law Number 31 of 1999 concerning the Eradication of Corruption Crimes.

The KPK suspects that Karen’s actions resulted in state losses of up to IDR 2.1 trillion. Karen has been detained by the KPK since Tuesday (19/9/2023).

“The actions of the GKK alias KA caused and resulted in state financial losses amounting to around USD 140 million, which is equivalent to IDR 2.1 trillion,” said KPK Chairman Firli Bahuri.

Firli said this case started when Pertamina had plans to procure LNG in Indonesia in 2012. This discourse, said Firli, emerged as an effort to overcome the gas deficit in Indonesia.

Karen then proposed collaborating with a number of LNG producers and suppliers overseas, including the Corpus Christi Liquefaction (CCL) company, an LLC company from the United States. The Corruption Eradication Committee (KPK) suspects that Karen made the decision unilaterally.

Read more on the next page.


2023-09-20 07:46:47

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