TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Maqdir Ismail, the defense lawyer of Setya Novanto, said his client is unsure about becoming a justice collaborator. He said his client does not want to defame others.
“We have yet to decide whether to submit a proposal to become JC or not. We don’t want to because a JC [will have to] name names. We don’t want to defame others,” Maqdir said at the Corruption Court on Thursday, January 4.
In a preliminary hearing held yesterday, the panel of judges rejected Setya Novanto’s exception in the electronic ID cards (e-KTP) graft case. As such, the trial will resume hearing the witnesses’ testimony on Thursday, January 11.
The lawyer said that he did not want to see Setya Novanto ‘on the receiving end of a defamation’ as experienced in previous hearings.
He added that Setya Novanto is not the main perpetrator. “He was a member of the DPR [House of Representatives] that was involved midway [through the e-KTP project]; at the end, even,” he said. The lawyer said that the main perpetrators in the graft case were officials of the Home Affairs Ministry.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Febri Diansyah said that the opportunity to become a justice collaborator is open to anyone. “If a defendant is willing to become a JC, please submit a proposal to the KPK. It will definitely be considered and examined. A JC must admit their wrongdoing and cooperate to reveal the roles of many others and bear in mind that the JC [status] cannot be given to the main perpetrator,” Febri said.
Setya Novanto is charged with manipulating the procurement of the Home Affairs Ministry’s e-KTP project. The indictment says he received US$7.3 billion and a Richard Mille watch worth US$135,000 in relation to the project. The total state losses caused in the project reached Rp2.3 trillion.