TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani denied receiving money embezzled from the electronic identity card (e-KTP) project, as alleged by Setya Novanto.
"What he said is not true and baseless," said Puan in her office in Jakarta on Friday, March 23.
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During a trial at the Corruption Court held yesterday, Setya testified that Puan Maharani received US$500 thousand. In addition to Puan, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung allegedly received money from the same source. According to Setya, the money was given by Made Oka Masagung.
According to Puan, she never discussed the e-KTP project while serving as Chairman of the PDI-P faction at the House of Representatives.
Puan Maharani said that Setya’s testimony in court should be based on facts, "not on the words that he said.".
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During a trial on March 14, Setya Novanto asked Made Oka Masagung, who served as a witness, whether Made Oka recalled giving money to House members. However, Made Oka said he was not aware of the meeting.
"I do not remember. I never gave [money]," he said.