Garuda Indonesia CEO to allegedly be fired for smuggling Harley-Davidson bike

Garuda Indonesia's CEO Gusti Ngurah Askhara Danadiputra, also known as Ari Askhara, will reportedly be fired for attempting to smuggle a classic 1972 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on a flight, according to multiple media outlets including The Straits Times and Bloomberg.

Quoting Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, media reports said that the undeclared Harley Shovelhead and two high-end Brompton folding bikes "deprived the country" of about IDR500k to IDR1.5 billion in customs duties for luxury items.

The Harley-Davidson bike was apparently flown to Indonesia in 15 boxes, while the other two folding bikes and their accessories were kept in three separate boxes. Sri Mulyani said there were no customs declaration for the items and the flight returning to Indonesia had no cargo listed. Media reports said Sri Mulyani explained that the motorcycle was purchased in April 2019 and the amount paid was transferred to the personal bank account of Garuda's finance manager based in Amsterdam.

Meanwhile, state-owned enterprise minister Erick Thohir said it is commencing the process to fire Ari, adding that it will look into others who might be implicated. "This is not only a civil case, but is also criminal," he said according to media reports. Marketing Interactive has reached out to Garuda for comment.

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