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Jakarta Post

Setya files pretrial motion against suspect status

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 5, 2017   /   05:10 pm
Setya files pretrial motion against suspect status Suspected: Golkar Party chairman Setya Novanto (center), accompanied by the party's executive leader Nurdin Halid (left) and ethics council deputy chairman Akbar Tandjung (right), gives a press statement after he met Golkar's ethics council chairman BJ Habibie in Jakarta on July 24. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak A)

House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto filed a pretrial hearing request on Monday with the South Jakarta District Court to challenge the decision by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to name him a graft suspect.

Setya, who is also chairman of the Golkar Party, was named a suspect in the e-ID project in May.

“Yes it is true. He [Setya] has filed a pretrial motion today [Monday],” South Jakarta District Court public information official Made Sutrisna said as quoted by in Jakarta.

Made stated that Setya had appointed Chepy Iskandar as the only lawyer who would represent him in the case.

The KPK alleged that Setya played a major role in the corruption revolving around the e-ID case, which reportedly caused Rp 2.3 trillion (Rp 172.5 million) in state losses.

He denied his alleged involvement in the e-ID graft case by repeatedly saying “I am not guilty”. (msa/ebf)