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Agun Gunandjar accepted money in e-ID scandal, court reveals

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 3, 2017   /   12:08 pm
Agun Gunandjar accepted money in e-ID scandal, court reveals Under investigation: House of Representatives members Agun Gunandjar Sudarsa (right) and Khatibul Umam Wiranu (left) prepare to testify in the e-ID graft case hearing for defendant Andi Agustinus, alias Andi Narogong, at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Oct.2. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak A.)

House of Representatives politician Agun Gunandjar Sudarsa admitted in a hearing on Monday that he had accepted money from former Home Ministry official Irman, who has been convicted in the e-ID graft case.

The Golkar Party politician said the money he received was payment for his participation in a discussion.

Agun, who now heads the House’s special committee for an inquiry against the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), previously denied any involvement in the e-ID case.

In the hearing, Agun said he only received Rp 5 million (US$368) from Irman.

“As a lawmaker, I often get invited as an interviewee in television programs,” Agun testified during the hearing of businessman Andi Agustinus, aka Andi Narogong, a defendant in the e-ID case, at the Jakarta Corruption Court.

It was revealed during the hearing that the money was part of $73,500 Irman had given to a former Home Ministry senior official, Suciati, to be converted into rupiah.

At the end of the hearing, Agun asserted he did not accept money stolen from funds earmarked for the e-ID project.

Agun’s name was mentioned in KPK prosecutors' indictment of Irman and former Home Minister official Sugiharto, which detailed that the Golkar politician had received $1,000, which was taken from the Rp 5.9 trillion procurement budget, during his term as the House's budget committee member and working in Commission II, which oversees home affairs. (ebf)