More suspects in e-ID card corruption case possible: KPK

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Agus Rahardjo has said the antigraft agency would dig deeper into the electronic-ID card corruption case.

Agus indicated KPK has not stopped looking for possible more culprits to be included in its list of suspects in the countrys biggest scandal this year.

"It is not unlikely," Agus said here on Wednesday, adding,"We just wait, we wait for the result of investigations in the process of trial. It would provide ground for further steps."

On Monday, KPK named a political big shot a new suspect -- the House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto.

Agus said based on the indictment against former Director General of Population and Civil Registration of the Home Affairs Ministry Irman and Director of Management of Population Administration Information of the Ministry Sugiharto, quite a number of names had been implicated in the corruption case.

Most of those implicated in the indictment read out by KPK prosecutor in the trial of Irman and Sugiharto were lawmakers and former lawmakers.

Implication of the lawmakers by the KPK public prosecutor has led to conflict between the two institutions . The House Commission II demanded KPK to release the result of the recorded investigation of Miryam S. Hariani, a law makers allegedly received bribe money to be distributed to lawmakers, but KPK rejected the request.

The Commission II then formed a Special Committee (Pansus) for inquiry right to inquire the performance of KPK.

Setya Nonvanto has been charged with receiving a share from money of Rp2.3 trillion embezzled from Rp5.9 trillion budget for the e-ID card procurement in 2011-2012.

He was also accused of taking part in plotting the embezzlement together with Irman, Sugiharto and businessman Andi Agustinus alias Andi Narogong.

He was chairman of the Golkar faction in the House of Representatives in 2009-2014. He was reelected again for the following term of 2014-2019, and became the party general chairman.

He is facing a jail term of up to 20 years with a fine of up to Rp1 billion if found guilty .

KPK already named a number of other suspects in the e-ID card case including Irman and Sugiharto, both have been tried at special Corruption Court.

The KPK prosecutor asked the court to punish Irman with a 7 years imprisonment and a fine of Rp500 million. The prosecutor also demand a compensation of US$273,700 , Rp2.248 billion and S.$6,000 otherwise he would stay in jail 2 years longer.

The court was asked to mete out a 5-year jail term for Sugiharto plus a fine of Rp400 million . He was also demanded to pay a compensation of Rp500 million or an additional jail term of a year.

Miryam and Andi Agustinus and lawmaker Markus Nari have also been in the list of suspects to be brought to court. (*)