KPK seizes evidence from PLN chief's house in Riau plant graft case

Kharishar Kahfi

The Jakarta Post


Jakarta   /  Mon, July 16, 2018  /  02:17 pm

House of Representatives Commission VII lawmaker Eni Saragih leaves the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) after she was questioned on Saturday. (Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators have confiscated items of evidence in the embezzlement case related to the development of the coal-powered power plant (PLTU) in Riau. The items were gathered on Sunday during a search of a house belonging to Sofyan Basir, the president director of state-owned electricity company PLN.

“One of the items we seized from the house is a CCTV recording,” KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said on Sunday night as quoted by Febri added that investigators also confiscated documents during the search.

The antigraft body has named two suspects in the case, Golkar Party lawmaker Eni Saragih and businessman Johannes Budisutrisno Kotjo. Johannes is suspected of paying Eni Rp 4.8 billion (US$333,280) as a “commitment fee” in exchange for the construction project.

In addition to searching Sofyan’s house in Central Jakarta, the KPK has also been searching other locations since Sunday morning, namely Eni’s house as well as Johannes’s office, house and apartment.

The two suspects were arrested during a KPK operation on Friday, when investigators also seized Rp 500 million in cash that was alleged to be part of the “commitment fee”. Eni was arrested while she was attending a party at the house of Social Affairs Minister Idrus Marham, who is also a Golkar member. (swd)