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Smuggled Harley-Davidson parts cost airline Garuda's CEO his job

Successor will become troubled Indonesian carrier's fifth chief since 2014

Indonesia customs and excise officials found 15 unregistered pieces of cargo on board Garuda's aircraft. The items included several Harley Davidson spare parts. (Photo by Bobby Nugroho)

JAKARTA -- The president of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, Ari Ashkara, will be sacked for allegedly trying to evade taxes by smuggling motorbike parts and a premium bicycle into the country on a newly delivered plane, a government minister said Thursday.

Customs and excise officials announced on Tuesday that they found 15 unregistered pieces of cargo on board Garuda's new Airbus A330-900 neo aircraft that was delivered to Indonesia from France last month.

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