Ganjar Pranowo says he is ready to give clarification on e-KTP graft case
The Jakarta Post
Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has denied accusations about his alleged involvement in a graft case related to electronic identity card (e-KTP) procurement for the fiscal year of 2011-2012.
He refuted claims that he received bribes when serving as deputy speaker of the House of Representatives’ Commission II, which oversees regional affairs. It was during this time that other related instances of bribery allegedly occurred.
“I have explained [to the Corruption Eradication Commission] that it’s not true [that I received bribes]. I’m ready if they want to confront me about the matter,” said the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician said as quoted by tribunnews.com on Tuesday.
(Read also: House speaker denies involvement in e-KTP graft case)
Corruption involving large sums of money allegedly occurred during e-KTP procurement in the 2011-2012 fiscal year, TribunSolo.com earlier reported.
The 5.9 trillion (US$ 442.31 million) project reportedly caused Rp 2.3 trillion in state losses.
Apart from Ganjar, House Speaker and Golkar Party chairman Setya Novanto, was also reportedly involved in the case.
The KPK has named two suspects in the case: the Home Ministry’s former director general for population and civil registration Irman and Sugiharto, a former managing director of population administrative information at the Directorate General of Population and Civil Registration.
During its investigation, the antigraft body summoned 23 House members for questioning but only 15 of them fulfilled the summons. Four of them are former Commission II leaders, including Ganjar. The three others are Chairuman Harahap of the Golkar Party, Teguh Juwarno of the National Mandate Party (PAN) and Taufiq Effendi of the Democratic Party, who also once served as administrative and bureaucratic reform minister. (dis/ebf)
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