KPK to file appeal against court verdict on Andi Naragong

Kharishar Kahfi

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta

Jakarta, posted: Wed, January 3, 2018 | 04:10 pm

Suspected: Businessman Andi Agustinus, also known as Andi Narogong, attends a hearing of the e-ID graft trial at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Dec.14.(Antara/Rosa Panggabean)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is set to file an appeal against the Jakarta Corruption Court’s verdict on a graft case involving businessman Andi Agustinus, also known as Andi Narogong.

KPK prosecutors have demanded that the court include information that was reportedly missing from the verdict read out on Dec. 21, according to KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah.

“The verdict was matched with the indictment [eight years of imprisonment], but we demand the court to include in the verdict the results of our investigation process, which found the possible involvements of several other parties in the e-ID case,” he said on Tuesday.

In the verdict, Febri added, the court only mentioned two former Home Affairs Ministry officials, Irman and Sugiharto.

KPK is demanding the court to elaborate on other parties possibly involved in the alleged embezzlement of funds intended for the procurement of e-ID cards.

This was needed to ease the anti-graft body’s next move in resolving the high-profile case, Febri said.

The case reportedly incurred Rp2.3 trillion (US$170 million) in state losses.

In the Dec.21 hearing, presiding judge Jhon Halasan Butarbutar declared Andi guilty of conspiring with numerous parties in the deliberation of the e-ID project at the House of Representatives.

According to the judge, Andi had persuaded Setya Novanto, then a member of the House Commission II overseeing home affairs, to help him gain lawmakers’ approval for the Rp 5.9 trillion budget to procure e-ID cards. (vla/ebf)

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