The Jakarta Post
North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey, a former member of the House of Representatives’ Budget Committee (Banggar), has denied knowing anything about budgetary allocations for the e-ID project proposed by the Home Ministry.
The lawmaker further said he did not handle the budgeting process for the ministry when he was a Banggar member for the 2009-2013 period.
“As a Banggar deputy chairman, I was in charge of regional transfer-related matters so I didn’t know about the funding of projects at ministries,” said Olly, when he testified as a witness for graft defendants Irman and Sugiharto, former Home Ministry officials, at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Thursday.
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Olly further explained his two main working areas at that time were to handle the General Allocation Fund (DAU) and the Special Allocation Fund (DAK) sent to local administrations.
“I was never in charge of the budgeting process for ministries, including the e-ID project,” said the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle’s (PDI-P) general treasurer.
In Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) indictments, Olly is alleged to have received US$1.2 million from the Rp 5.9 trillion ($442.68 million) budget for the project.
Olly was one of 10 witnesses, including House Speaker Setya Novanto’s nephew Irvanto Hendra Pambudi who testified in the e-ID graft case hearing on Thursday. (dis/ebf)