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Jakarta Post

KPK probes former MetroTV journalist in Setya’s alleged obstruction of justice

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 9, 2018   /   06:53 pm
KPK probes former MetroTV journalist in Setya’s alleged obstruction of justice A Toyota Fortuner SUV belonging to (now former) MetroTV journalist Hilman Mattauch sustains damage after hitting an electricity pole on Nov. 17. (The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned Firman Mattauch on Tuesday, a former journalist of private news channel Metro TV, in its probe into a case of alleged obstruction of justice involving former House of Representatives speaker and graft suspect Setya Novanto.

KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah confirmed the ex-journalist was being asked about the moments leading up to a car accident in which Setya was involved.

“Investigators are asking him about Setya’s whereabouts prior to the accident and [about] the accident as well,” Febri said.

Hilman remained tight-lipped when approached by reporters after the questioning. It is the second time Hilman has been questioned by KPK investigators regarding the accident after he first answered the summons  on Dec. 11.

The former journalist reportedly hit an electricity pole in Jakarta while driving a car with Setya as a passenger. The police later charged him with reckless driving.

Hilman was also dismissed by MetroTV, the media company that employed him, for having violated “the news channel’s protocols,” which states that guests are picked up in company cars, rather than personal vehicles.

Setya could not be found by KPK investigators before the accident occurred as he failed to respond to several summonses from the antigraft body.

In December, KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo confirmed the commission had started its investigation in suspected obstruction of justice related to the embattled politician. (ebf)