Deputy BI governor questioned over Century case

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators questioned on Wednesday deputy Bank Indonesia (BI) governor Ardhayadi Mitroatmodjo in connection with short-term liquidity support for Bank Century.

Ardhayadi said after eight hours of questioning the investigators grilled him about the facility worth Rp 689 billion that the central bank extended to the ailing bank in November 2008.

“[I was] clarified in general about the liquidity support,” he told reporters. He refused to go into details.

When asked why Bank Century was entitled to the facility, Ardhayadi refused to answer.

KPK also questioned Bank Century former owner Robert Tantular in relation to the same case. Robert said he answered 13 questions, mostly about the process of the bank’s application for the facility.

Robert said the facility was a result of a negotiation between BI and Bank Century board of directors, without his intervention.

However, Robert refused to unveil the persons responsible the most for the extension of the short-term loan. “I have no authority on that matter,” he said.

Previously the KPK had questioned a number of BI officials, including deputy governors Budi Mulya, Muliaman D. Hadad and Budi Rochadi.