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Cablegate: Result of Blue Lantern: Verification of Bona Fides Of

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DE RUEHJA #1885 3200233
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R 160233Z NOV 09
FM AMEMBASSY JAKARTA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 3804

UNCLAS JAKARTA 001885

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EAP/IET, PM/DTCC/BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR - RACHAEL-THERESE
S. JOUBERT-LIN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KOMC ETTC ECON ID
SUBJECT: RESULT OF BLUE LANTERN: VERIFICATION OF BONA FIDES OF
REGISTERED BROKER HANS MARAMIS - CASE NO K-2164

REF: A. 09 STATE 99629
B. SECTION 38(B) (1) (A) (II) OF THE ARMS EXPORT CONTROL
C. ACT (AECA) (22 U.S.C. 2778)

1. Summary: We visited PT Iroda Mitra - an Indonesian entity
dealing in telecommunication satellites - on November 4, 2009. We
met with President Commissioner Hans Maramis to verify the bona
fides of the company requested in reftel. We found the company to
be legitimate and Mr. Maramis was aware of the restrictions on
United States Munition List (USML) items, particularly the
prohibition of unauthorized re-transfers and re-exports. End
summary.

Background and Fact Finding
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2. On the morning of Wednesday 04 November 2009, Econoff visited
the offices of Pt. Iroda Mitra (Iroda) located on the 11th floor of
the Menara Sudirman building in central Jakarta. Iroda was located
in a large modern office building and their presence there was
clearly marked. In setting up the appointment, Econoff was easily
able to contact Iroda and
speak with an individual who clealy identified herself as a
representative of the company. Setting up a meeting date at the
Iroda office was transparent and easy.

3. Econoff spoke for approximately 60 minutes with Iroda President
Commisioner, Hans Maramis. Mr. Maramis was friendly, engaging and
thorough in discussing varying aspects of the Iroda business
functions. Econoff learned that Iroda currently provides services
related to the launching of telecommunications satellites in
Indonesia. To date, Iroda has provided essential equipment to five
separate launchings in Indonesia. Iroda currently only represents
one US company, Loral. Mr. Maramis believes that Loral offers the
best satellite space system product on the market and is attempting
to get their total electronic systems into subsequent Indonesian
satellites. Mr. Maramis noted that Loral's prices were considerably
higher than his Russian and Chinese competition. Additionally, due
to increasing reliance on the "e-auction" method to solicit prices
from competing entities, Loral had recently pulled out of the
bidding process in Indonesia. As a rule, Loral does not participate
in online "e-auction" bidding competitions.

4. Iroda was established circa 1994 and currently has approximately
300 employees. In addition to Iroda, Mr. Maramis also acts as
director for Mortar Utama and Primacon, both related to the
construction industry in Indonesia.

5. Econoff is unaware of any derogatory background information on
Iroda. Econoff highlighted to Mr. Maramis the important position
that he occupies as a named and authorized representative of USML
products and urged him to always comply with regulations which
regulated businesses such as his, and primarily with regards to end
user information. Mr. Maramis stated that he understood the
importance of this issue and that he was never to re-transfer or
re-export and piece of equipment not strictly authorized for this
purpose.

OSIUS

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