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House’s ethics council to grill Setya over alleged violations

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 30, 2017   /   11:38 am
House’s ethics council to grill Setya over alleged violations Graft suspect and House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto (left) is escorted to an interview room at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) office on Nov. 21, where he was to be questioned about his alleged involvement in the e-ID graft case. (The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The House of Representatives’ ethics council is set to question House Speaker Setya Novanto on Thursday over alleged ethics breaches.

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Febri Diansyah confirmed that the antigraft body had received a letter dated Nov. 27 from the council, saying that the council requested the commission’s permission to question Setya.

“Apart from the permission to visit [Setya], the ethics council has asked to be allowed to meet him on the occasion to verify and investigate alleged ethics breaches,” Febri told reporters on Wednesday.

He added that the questioning was scheduled to be held from around 10 a.m. at the KPK headquarters in South Jakarta, as Setya is currently in the antigraft body’s custody.

The questioning is the ethics council’s follow-up to a report filed earlier by the Indonesian Postgraduate Students Association (HMPI) regarding Setya, who has been accused of breaking the code of ethics and his oaths of office having been named a graft suspect by the KPK.

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The antigraft body named Setya a suspect for the second time on Nov. 10 in the case involving the plundering of the budget for the national e-ID program. He has been accused of colluding with businessman Anang Sugiana Sudihardjo and Andi Agustinus and former Home Ministry officials Irman to rig the Rp 5.9 trillion (US$436 million) project, causing Rp 2.3 trillion in state losses. (dmr)