Jakarta (ANTARA) - Communications and Informatics Minister Johnny G. Plate has been named a suspect by the Attorney General's Office (AGO) in the alleged corruption case related to the ministry's base transceiver station (BTS) projects.

Plate was the sixth suspect named by the AGO in connection with the corruption case regarding the procurement of 4G BTS infrastructures and supporting infrastructures of packages 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the ministry's Telecommunications and Informatics Accessibility Agency (BAKTI) from 2020 to 2022.

Before being named a suspect by AGO's Deputy Attorney General on Special Criminal Affairs, Plate underwent his third round of questioning as witness on Wednesday morning.

He had been questioned twice by AGO on February 14 and March 15.

During his third round of questioning, investigators sought clarification from Plate regarding the Financial and Development Supervisory Agency's (BPKP's) audit report concluding the state had lost Rp8.32 trillion (US$558 million) from the projects.

"The loss is more than Rp8 trillion. Hence, we need to clarify about this with all witnesses and others that we have named suspects," AGO's Legal Information Centre Head Ketut Sumendana stated.

Earlier, the investigators had named five suspects in connection with the alleged corruption case, and on May 2, the AGO had handed over three of the five suspects, along with related files and evidence, to the South Jakarta District Court's prosecutors to allow the trial to commence.

The three suspects were President Director of BAKTI Anang Achmad Latif (AAL), President Director of PT Mora Telematika Indonesia Galubang Menak (GMS), and the University of Indonesia's Human Development (HUDEV) expert staff in 2020 Yohan Suryanto (YS).

Meanwhile, two other suspects, Mukti Ali (MA) of PT Huawei Technology Investment and Irwan Hermawan, Commissioner of PT Solitchmedia Synergy, are being processed before their handover to the court prosecutors.

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Editor: Azis Kurmala
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