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Puan denies Setya's claim she received e-ID money

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Jakarta | Sat, March 24, 2018 | 04:09 pm
 Puan denies Setya's claim she received e-ID money Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani and Health Minister Nila Moeloek discuss ahead of a meeting at the Coordinating Human Development and Culture Ministry office on Oct.23. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani has denied a claim made by graft defendant Setya Novanto that she was among the politicians taking bribe money related to the e-ID graft case.

"I have just heard about that. What he said is wrong," Puan, a senior member of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the daughter of PDI-P leader Megawati Soekarnoputri, said as quoted by on Friday. 

On Thursday, Setya told the Jakarta Corruption Court that he was told that Puan and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung received US$500,000 each from businessman Made Oka Masagung, a suspect in the e-ID graft case.

Setya said that Made Oka and another businessman, Andi Agustinus, visited his home one day to tell him that Made Oka had handed over a sum of money to several lawmakers.

“I asked [Made Oka], ‘to whom?’ He told me $500,000 for Puan and $500,000 for Pramono,” he told the court.

Puan acknowledged that she knew Made Oka but made it clear that she never talked about the e-ID project with him or any other people involved in the case.

"I've never talked [about the e-ID procurement]. At that time, the PDI-P was in opposition, while the project was initiated by the government. There must have been [discussions] about the project at the House [of Representatives] at that time, but I never joined the talks," Puan said. (foy/ahw)

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