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National scene: AGO stuck on Setya probe in Freeport case

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 7 2016   /  08:34 am

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has hinted that it will soon halt its investigation into former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto in the Freeport lobbying case, citing an investigation deadlock as the main reason behind the plan.

The deadlock in question is the AGO’s failure to summon for testimony oil and gas businessman Muhammad Reza Chalid, the alleged partner in crime of Setya in the case, who left the country just days after the AGO investigation began.

“The case has yet to be dropped, but as you already know, some people are not around to testify. We’ll seek advice from legal experts on whether the case has garnered enough evidence [without Reza’s testimony] or whether it still lacks evidence,” Attorney General M. Prasetyo told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

Setya and Reza allegedly met several times with then-Freeport Indonesia pre...