Apr 17 20:26Defence ministry to blacklist partners involved in Hawaii case
Jakarta (Antara News
) - Defense minister Juwono Sudarsono said here on Monday he would blacklist partners proven involved in the case of illegal arms purchase deal in Hawaii.
"We are now still conducting a study and examining partners of the defense ministry and the defense forces (TNI) headquarters including those in Singapore as in principle those involved in the case are agents in Singapore," he said after a coordination meeting on politics, legal affairs and security.
He said the partners of the Indonesian defense ministry and the TNI headquarters were merely exploited by partners from Singapore that had ordered a number of weapons never ordered by the defense ministry and the TNI heaquarters.
He said the two Indonesian airforce officers had been in the US to check and verify condition of F-5 Tiger and C-130 Hercules radar spareparts.
The two officers` presence in the US was legitimate as they carried valid documents from the TNI Headquarters and the US government had also confirmed about F-5 and C-130 radar spareparts procurement with a certificate they had given.
The minister said however that on a separate occasion a civilian partner consisting of Indonesians and Singaporeans had ordered various kinds of arms from a US supplier, which the TNI had never ordered before.
"So the TNI in this case the airforce only deals with F-5 and C-130 Hercules radar spareparts," he said.
He said the Indonesian government had already explained about it to the US ambassador to Indonesia and his defense attache.
"So we are now studying if these partners are partners of the TNI headquartesrs and the defense ministry or not. If they are included in their list of partners they will be blacklisted," he said.
The Federal Authority in Hawaii has arrested four people including two Indonesian citizens on April 9 on charges of illegally purchasing arms.
The arms they purchased and would likely export to Indonesia include 240 units of missiles, 862 units of machineguns, 800 pistols and 15 snipers.
The two Indonesians are Hadianto Djoko Djuliarso and Ignatius Ferdinandus Soeharli.
The secretary general of the ministry of defense, Lt Gen Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin, said the government was still awaiting the legal process on Hadianto. He said Hadianto was partner of the defense ministry but he had attended a meeting discussing illegal arms deal.
"This is a crucial matter because Hadianto while being a partner has been involved in a discussion on alleged illegal arms purchase deal. This is what the US will investigate," he said. (*)