The Jakarta Post
House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto has again denied allegations that he was involved in a graft case related to an electronic identity card (e-KTP) procurement project.
“I swear, I never had any discussion about e-KTPs. I don't know why my name was mentioned in the case,” Setya said in an official statement on Tuesday.
He was responding to a recent statement by former Democratic Party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin, who claimed that many high-level officials were involved in the graft case. He mentioned Setya, who is also the Golkar Party chairman, and former finance minister Agus Martowardojo.
Setya, instead, blamed Nazaruddin, saying he might be under pressure because of problems with the Democratic Party.
“Maybe Nazaruddin has problems with his party, so he is trying to drag everyone into the case. I told the Corruption Eradication Commission [KPK] I neither gave nor received any money [in relation to the procurement project,” Setya said.
Setya is one of several key witnesses the KPK has questioned in its investigation into case, which resulted in Rp 2 trillion (US$ 149 million) in state losses.
The KPK has questioned Setya twice. Setya was the chairman of the Golkar Party faction at the House for the 2009-2014 period when the case occurred.
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. (ebf)
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