Kominfo Minister Johnny G. Plate Named Suspect in Corruption Case
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Attorney General's Office (AGO) has officially named Minister of Communication and Information (Kominfo), Johnny G. Plate, a suspect in the corruption case of the construction of the Base Transceivers Station (BTS). Donning a red vest, the minister is immediately detained.
“[He is named] suspect and is escorted to the car [for prisoners],” Head of the AGO's Center for Law Information Ketut Sumedana confirmed on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.
The suspect naming was announced following today's examination. Plate has been summoned three times in this case; on February 14, March 15, and May 17, 2023.
Presently, he is still under questioning at the AGO’s Bundar Building, Jakarta. He remained tight-lipped to reporters upon arriving in AGO.
Plate is the sixth person who is named a suspect in the corruption case of the BTS construction project executed by the Kominfo Ministry’s Telecommunications and Information Accessibility Agency Business Service Agency (BAKTI). The other suspects include Bakti president director Anang Achmad Latif and four private parties.
The state loss from the case was predicted to reach Rp8.32 trillion. The Development and Financial Supervision Board (BPKP) came up with the figure based on the audit result, physical verification and observation at the site, and experts’ statement.
The Bakti BTS construction is Kominfo’s multi-year project that costs up to Rp11 trillion, including the construction of around 9,000 transmitter towers in thousands of villages and sub-districts across the country’s frontier, outermost, and remote (3T) regions.
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