KPK names House Speaker as suspect in e-ID graft case

KPK names House Speaker as suspect in e-ID graft case

Setya Novanto (ANTARA /M Agung Rajasa )

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Monday named Chairman of the House of Representatives (DPR), identified by his initials as SN, as a suspect in an e-ID card graft case.

"The KPK has found sufficient preliminary evidence to name another suspect. The KPK has named SN, who is a DPR member for the 2009-2014 term, as a suspect for allegedly enriching himself, another person, or corporation by abusing power, facilities, or post, thus causing the state to suffer Rp2.3 trillion in losses from the procurement of (e-ID cards) worth Rp5.9 trillion," KPK Chairman Agus Rahardjo stated at the KPK building here.

SN is charged with violating article 2 paragraph (1) of Law No.31/1999 as amended by Law No. 20/2001 on corruption eradication adj. article 55 paragraph (1) of the Penal Code.

Agus noted that SN was the chief of the Golkar Party faction in the DPR during the budgeting and procurement of e-ID cards. He played a role in the graft case through a businessman, identified by his initials as AA alias AN.

"SN, through AA, is believed to have played a role in the process of planning and discussing the budget at the DPR and the process of procuring e-ID cards. SM, through AA, is also believed to have conditioned participants and winners of the tender for the procurement of e-ID cards," he revealed.

Before naming SN as a suspect in the case, the KPK had twice questioned SN as a witness on Dec 13, 2016, and Jan 10, 2017, in the case against the former director general of demography and vital statistics of the Home Affairs Ministry and former director of the ministrys demographic information management. (*)