Setya 'skips' KPK questioning as e-ID graft suspect
The Jakarta Post
House of Representatives Speaker and Golkar Party chairman Setya Novanto has been unable to fulfill the summons of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for Monday's questioning as a suspect in the high-profile electronic identity (e-ID) graft case, apparently due to ill health.
Golkar secretary general Idrus Marham said Setya could not attend the questioning because of illness.
"A doctor's examination last night showed Pak Novanto experienced rising blood sugar levels after exercising, causing kidney and heart problems," Idrus said at KPK headquarters in South Jakarta.
Idrus had visited KPK headquarters to submit the doctor's letter to KPK investigators on Setya's behalf.
"Thus, the doctor recommended that he not attend the questioning," he added, and that Setya had been receiving treatment at Siloam Hospital in Central Jakarta since Sunday evening.
Monday's session would have been Setya's first questioning as a suspect in the e-ID case. With Rp 2.3 trillion (US$ 175 million) in estimated state losses, it is one of the biggest graft cases in the country to date.
Golkar Party chairman Setya Novanto (center), secretary general Idrus Marham (second right), honorary council member BJ Habibie (second left) and chief advisor Aburizal Bakrie (left) attend a recent meeting pf the party's national executives. (Antara Foto/M Agung Rajasa)
Last week, Setya filed a pretrial motion at the South Jakarta District Court to challenge the KPK's decision to name him a suspect.
Idrus dismissed claims that Setya was buying time until the pretrial session had started on Tuesday.
"In his current condition, I think [Setya] won't come to the pretrial session tomorrow either," Idrus said. (bbs)
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