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Jakarta Post

Setya can be charged with money laundering, PPATK suggests

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 19, 2017   /   08:17 pm
Setya can be charged with money laundering, PPATK suggests Graft suspect Setya Novanto (second left) enters a courtroom at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, for the first hearing of the e-ID trial. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A.)

The Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) has signaled that former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto could face money laundering charges in addition to the graft allegations leveled against him in the e-ID case.

The PPATK had submitted the results of its investigation into the former Golkar Party chairman’s financial transactions to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), PPATK chairman Kiagus Ahmad Badaruddin said on Tuesday.

When asked whether Setya would be charged with money laundering, he said: "Insya Allah [God willing].”

"[The decision] is in the hands of KPK investigators, who will look at our report," he added.

Setya is now standing trial for his alleged role in the embezzlement of funds intended for the e-ID card procurement project, which reportedly cost the state Rp 2.3 trillion (US$161 million).

The KPK accused him of using his influence to rig the tender for the project through his connections with security printing company PT Murakabi Sejahtera, which was appointed to assist the winner of the bid, state printing company PNRI.

KPK prosecutors said PT Murakabi Sejahtera was controlled by Setya through his family members.

Separately, PPATK deputy chairman Dian Ediana Rae said that the agency had urged law enforcers, especially the KPK, to also bring money laundering charges against graft suspects.

“This serves as additional punishment for suspects and could be used to recover lost assets,” she said. (ipa)