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Jakarta Post

Setya Novanto reported to House’s ethics council for e-ID remarks

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 17, 2017   /   07:30 pm
Setya Novanto reported to House’s ethics council for e-ID remarks Golkar Party chairman Setya Novanto (left) shakes hands with Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri (right) after a meeting in Jakarta on Nov. 20, 2016. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The House of Representatives’ ethics council (MKD) acknowledged on Friday that it had received several reports over alleged ethical violations by House Speaker Setya Novanto but had yet to process them.

The alleged violations are related to Setya’s reported role in the corruption case surrounding the Rp 5.9 billion (US$442 million) electronic identity card (e-ID) project.

“The MKD has yet to follow up on the reports because the case is currently in the legal process,” council deputy chairman Sarifuddin Sudding said.

(Read also: House speaker mentioned in e-ID trial)

One of the reports was filed by Indonesian Antigraft Society (MAKI) chairman Boyamin Saiman. He accused the seasoned Golkar Party politician of violating the House’s ethical code by lying to the public when he denied knowing specific individuals implicated in the case.

Former home minister Gamawan Fauzi (right) and Golkar Party politician Chairuman Harahap prepare to testify during the e-ID graft trial hearing at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Thursday.(Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

Setya, for example, claimed he did not know businessman Andi Agustinus, a supplier in the project, as well as the two defendants in the case, former Home Ministry officials Irman and Sugiharto.

But witnesses testified during a trial hearing on Thursday that Setya knew all three.

MKD chairman Sufmi Dasco Ahmad said the council would need to verify the reports before deciding on whether to process them. (bbs)