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TNI Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo announced the determination of three suspects in the AugustaWestland helicopter (AW) 101 helicopter case in a press conference at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Building Jakarta on Friday (05/26/2017).
Before announcing the names of the suspects, the former Army Chief of Staff was first told the beginning of the polemic of the purchase of the Italian-made helicopter.
Gatot told about his panic because he was asked by President Joko Widodo regarding the arrival of AW 101 helicopter in Halim Perdanakusuma.
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"That the case of this purchase has become a trending topic, then I called the President, and the President asked why this, how the story," said Gatot.
According to Gatot, in a limited meeting, Jokowi through the Minister of State Secretary gave direction for purchasing helicopters is not done, because the economic conditions that have not really normal. Purchases can be made if the economy returns to normal.
Furthermore, according to Gatot, in a limited meeting on February 23, 2016, Jokowi gave direction for ministries and agencies to use only domestic products.
However, on July 29, 2016, signed a cooperation contract between the Air Force and PT Diratama Jaya Mandiri regarding the procurement of AW 101.
Following up on that, Gatot on September 14, 2016 sent a letter to the Air Force Chief of Staff regarding the cancellation of procurement AW 101.
"After that, the President asked me, about the loss of his country, I said about Rp 150 billion, but the President said more than Rp 200 billion, it's my shame, the President knows better," said Gatot.
After that, Jokowi ordered that the TNI Commander continue to investigate the purchase case.Gatot then promised the President to form an investigative team, and assign responsibility to Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto who was just sworn in as TNI AU Chief of Staff.
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According to Gatot, after meeting with Jokowi, he also tried as soon as possible to resolve the purchase case AW 101. Gatot confessed to pressure his men, including the Commander of the TNI POM to immediately calculate the state losses and seek perpetrators.
"It's not that the TNI is faster than the KPK, but we ask for the same limit of the KPK, because we are ordered by the President, I can not sleep," Gatot said.