Liputan6.com, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ministry of Defense (Kemhan) denied reports of alleged bribery in the purchase of Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets from the Qatar Air Force. The Ministry of Defense confirmed that the project involves the purchase of 12 units Mirage plane 2000-5 was canceled due to financial constraints.
“Yes, due to fiscal constraints, we did not have the ability to pay, so the contract was invalid. And the terms of the contract could not be fulfilled. Therefore, there could not be a bribe, because there was no transaction,” said the spokesman of the Minister of Defense Danil Anzar Simanjuntak at a press conference in the Office Ministry of Defence Jakarta, Monday (12/2/2024).
He also dismissed the question about the defense minister Prabowo Subianto in collusion with the Greek politician who is also a member of the European Parliament Eva Kylie. Eva is currently facing a corruption scandal involving several officials from Qatar.
Daniil explained that the contract for the sale of 12 Mirage 2000-5 aircraft between the Ministry of Defense of Indonesia and the government of Qatar was concluded on January 31, 2023. Meanwhile, according to him, Eve was involved in a scandal. corruption in the middle of 2022.
“Since then communication is possible, let alone communication. So this is an attempt at compatibility, because there was a scandal, then it was connected with Qatar, then again associated with Indonesia. “So this is a very evil attempt at defamation and deception,” he said.