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KPK: Death of Witness will Not Disturb E-KTP Investigation
KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah in front of KPK building, Jakarta, July 3, 2017. Tempo/ Arkhelaus W.
Saturday, 12 August, 2017 | 20:02 WIB
KPK: Death of Witness will Not Disturb E-KTP Investigation

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The KPK said on Saturday, August 12, the death of Johannes Marliem, a key witness in e-ID card (e-KTP) graft case, will not bother the investigation of the case.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has already named the parliamentary Speaker, Setya Novanto, as a suspect in the investigation that targets at least 37 people.

Read: Johannes Marliem, Key Witness in E-KTP Graft Case, Dead in US

Setya has denied any wrongdoing in the case which dates back to 2009 and centers on allegations that sums ranging from $5,000 to $5.5 million - money generated by marking up the costs of a national electronic ID card program - were divided up into a room in the parliament.

Yohanes Marliem was reported by U.S. media to have died in West Hollywood on Thursday after a standoff with police involving several hostages.

Read: Setya Novanto Named Suspect, Former KPK Deputy Warns of Aftermath

National Police's international relations chief Saiful Maltha told Reuters on Saturday that the U.S. authorities had confirmedMarliem's death. "We do not know the cause of the death yet," he said, adding that his team was working with the FBI.

Despite the death of the witness, KPK spokesman Febry Diansyah said the investigation would go on. "We are confident with the evidence we have," he said.


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