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The last of three defendants in a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) case pleaded not guilty to bribery and corruption charges related to the award of lucrative public sector construction contracts.

In a written statement provided to the Court, Daud Suryantyo pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he abused his position as a public official while employed at what was then Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) and later at the Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB).

Mr Suryantyo is alleged to have taken advantage of his position and accessed official information that he was entrusted with to facilitate the awarding of contracts to Trinity Construction Limited and a second company associated with the third defendant. In total, the two companies are alleged to have received approximately $3.5 million in public funds.

Mr Suryantyo was charged alongside Henry Rogo (formerly the director of Trinity Construction Limited) and a third defendant who cannot yet be named. At a Court hearing in May, Mr Suryantyo’s counsel sought an adjournment without plea for one month while Mr Rogo and the third defendant pleaded not guilty and elected trial by jury.

It is alleged that the three defendants had personal and business relationships which they disguised from the public bodies and that Mr Suryantyo benefited personally including through receiving bribes.

The SFO would like to acknowledge RFA (now part of Tātaki Auckland Unlimited Limited) for bringing this matter to the SFO’s attention following their own internal investigation, and both RFA and CMDHB (now Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau) for their assistance.

The next appearance on this matter is a case review hearing on 28 August 2024.

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