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Setya Novanto could be charged with corruption: AGO

  • Ayomi Amindoni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, December 7, 2015 | 05:01 pm
Setya Novanto could be charged with corruption: AGO Protesters from the South Sumatra People's Alliance demonstrate in front of the South Sumatra provincial council in Palembang, on Monday. The protesters demanded that the House ethics council fire House Speaker Setya Novanto following his alleged misconduct. (Antara/Nova Wahyudi) (Antara/Nova Wahyudi)

Protesters from the South Sumatra People's Alliance demonstrate in front of the South Sumatra provincial council in Palembang, on Monday. The protesters demanded that the House ethics council fire House Speaker Setya Novanto following his alleged misconduct. (Antara/Nova Wahyudi)

The House of Representatives' Speaker Setya Novanto could be charged with corruption following his alleged abuse of power in relation to a backroom deal with a mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia, an official at the Attorney General's Office (AGO) said on Monday.

Arminsyah, a junior attorney general for social crimes at AGO, said that if AGO found evidence of misconduct, Setya could be charged with Articles 3 and 12E of the 2001 Law on Corruption.

"There is a corruption indication. We will dig further by launching a preliminary investigation," he told journalists at the AGO's headquarters on Monday.

Article 12E of the 2001 Corruption Law states that civil servants or state officials that abuse their powers with the intention of enriching themselves or other people unlawfully can expect to be fined a maximum of Rp 1 billion and face a maximum 20 years imprisonment.

While Article 3 of the 2001 Corruption Law states that any person who knowingly benefits, on behalf of themselves, another person or a corporation, from any opportunity or means made available to them by their position, in such a way as to cause state loss, can be punished with a maximum 20 years in prison and up to Rp 1 billion in fines.

AGO has started preliminary investigations into the Setya case, for an alleged abuse of power related to his position as a House Speaker and for his alleged involvement in a conspiracy by falsely citing the names of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

The AGO summoned Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said on Monday morning to ask for further explanation with regard to the report he previously made to the House Ethics Council against Setya's alleged misconduct.

AGO have also acquired the personal mobile phone of PT Freeport Indonesia's president director Maroef Sjamsoeddin as evidence in the Setya's case.

Setya made the headlines last week after his conversation with oil and gas businessman Muhammad Riza Chalid and Maroef was made public at Council hearings. The recording is alleged to be of Setya and Riza, asking for 20 percent shares in Freeport, for which they would forward Jokowi and Kalla 11 percent and nine percent respectively, in return for helping Freeport secure its contract extension. (rin)(+)

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