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Seven witnesses to testify in e-ID court hearing today

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 23, 2017   /   06:56 am
Seven witnesses to testify in e-ID court hearing today Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesperson Febri Diansyah (right) speaks at a media conference in Jakarta on March 16. (Antara/Reno Esnir)

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors will present seven witnesses to testify in the third hearing of an e-ID graft case on Thursday, commission spokesman Febri Diansyah said on Wednesday.

Tomorrow [the prosecutors] will present seven witnesses, including one witness that was yet [to finish his] testimony in the last hearing,” he said as quoted by antaranews.com. He was referring to former director general of population administration at the Home Ministry, Rasyid Saleh.

Febri added that the antigraft body was still digging into the budgeting process of the Rp 5.9 trillion (US$440 million) project.

Former home minister Gamawan Fauzi (right) and Golkar Party politician Chairuman Harahap prepare to testify in the second hearing of the trial on the e-ID graft case at the Jakarta Corruption Court on March 16. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A.)

In the second hearing last week, eight witnesses, including Rasyid and Bank Indonesia governor Agus Martowardojo, were scheduled to testify, but the court only had the time to hear the testimonies of six witnesses.

Agus, who was expected to testify in his capacity as former finance minister, was reportedly unable to attend the hearing because he had to attend a board of governors meeting at Bank Indonesia.

(Read also: Golkar politician fights back after being implicated in e-ID graft)

According to the indictment, former high-ranking Home Ministry officials Irman and Sugiharto, the two defendants in the case, allegedly conspired with lawmakers and businesspeople to embezzle 49 percent of the budget allocated for the project. The KPK estimates that state losses reached Rp 2.3 trillion because of the corruption. (mrc)