DPR Speaker Setya Novanto Barred from Leaving Indonesia

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has barred DPR speaker Setya Novanto from leaving Indonesia for 6 months, said Ronny F Sompie, the director general of immigration, as quoted by Antara in Jakarta on Monday, April 10, 2017.

    Ronny, however, did not elaborate whether the travel ban named Setya Novanto as a suspect or a witness in the KPK investigation. “You may ask the KPK investigators…,” he said.

    The indictment in the electronic identity card or e-KTP graft case against the Home Affairs Ministry officials Irman and Sugiharto says that Setya Novanto was among those having major roles in the procurement of e-KTP with a total budget amounting to Rp5.95 trillion.

    Setya Novanto has denied receiving money in the procurement. The statement was conveyed before the panel of judges in his testimony in the sixth session of the e-KTP graft trial at the Jakarta Corruption Court on April 6.

    The indictment says the Golkar Party chairman attended a meeting at Gran Melia Hotel in 2010 with Irman, businessman Andi Agustinus alias Andi Narogong, and former Home Affairs Ministry secretary-general Diah Anggraini. Setya at the meeting expressed his support over the deliberations on the e-KTP project budgeting.

    Between July and August 2010, when the DPR commenced the deliberations on the draft 2011 state budget, Andi Agustinus repeatedly met Setya Novanto, Anas Urbaningrum, and Nazaruddin as the representatives of Democrat Party and Golkar to push for the DPR’s Commission II approval of the e-KTP project.

    The deliberations were monitored by the Democrat and Golkar factions under the condition that Andi Narogong provided fees to DPR members and Home Affairs Ministry officials. In return, Setya Novanto and Andi got 11 percent or Rp574.2 billion, whereas Golkar Party received Rp150 billion.

    Aside from Irman and Sugiharto, the KPK has also named Andi Agustinus alias Andi Narogong and former Commission II member of Hanura faction Miryam S Haryani as suspects in this case.