Thursday, 24 January 2019

We Have Evidence of Setya Novanto e-KTP Link, Prosecutor Says

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  • House of Representative Chief, Setya Novanto. TEMPO/Subekti

    House of Representative Chief, Setya Novanto. TEMPO/Subekti

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Corruption Eradication Commission's (KPK) prosecutors said to have evidence proving Setya Novanto's involvement in the e-KTP procurement graft.

    "Oh, certainly (we have evidence). Every sentence in our indictment is corroborated with at least two evidence," KPK prosecutor Irene Putri said at the Corruption Court today, March 9. 

    Setya and two other suspects are charged with stealing the state's money for personal reasons, resulting in Rp2.3 trillion in state losses.

    The prosecutors' indictment also said alleged that the House of Representatives' (DPR) speaker arranged for the House's Commission II to approve the e-KTP project's Rp5.9-trillion budget and received 11 percent of it (Rp547 billion) for himself.

    Read: Golkar Asked Not to Hold Congress over Setya Novanto e-KTP Link

    Setya denied the accusation and swore he never took the money. 

    Irene is undeterred by Setya's claim of innocence and said that the money in question has been distributed.

    "If anyone wants to deny it, go ahead. We have other evidence, though," she said.

    Irene said Setya's involvement in the case began when Andi Agustinus a.k.a. Andi Narogong; two former officials of Home Affairs Ministry's Directorate General of Population and Civil Registration, Irman and Sugiharto; and the ministry's secretary general Diah Anggraeni asked the Golkar Party chairman to support the e-KTP procurement project.

    "Setya promised to coordinate it with other faction members," Irena said. 

    Seeking approvals from Commission II, Andi then planned to give out money to the commission's board members and ministry officials.

    Read: Here is Shortlist of e-KTP Graft Alleged Receivers

    The prosecutors' today read out the indictment that contained the list of names who received the bribe, as well as the amounts.

    The list includes major names like Justice and Human Rights minister Yasonna M Laoly, former Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi, former DPR Speaker Ade Komaruddin, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, and former Democrat Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum.

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