The Jakarta Post
The nephew of former House of Representatives speaker and graft defendant Setya Novanto, Irvanto Hendra Pambudi, has become the latest suspect in the multimillion dollar graft case pertaining to the mega e-ID procurement project.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) moved to name Irvanto along with businessman Made Oka Masagung as suspects on Wednesday following recent developments in the case, as Setya sat as a defendant under trial at the Jakarta Corruption Court.
The KPK accused Irvanto and Made of collecting sums of money that were eventually channeled to Setya, who is also a former Golkar party chairman.
“IHP allegedly accepted money gradually totalling US$3.5 million. [Meanwhile], MOM allegedly received US$3.8 million through his two companies,” KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo said on Wednesday, using Irvanto and Made’s initials.
The KPK also suspected that Made played a role as a middleman and transferred a 5-percent commitment fee for several House lawmakers, which was allegedly acknowledged by Irvanto.
Irvanto is the director of PT Murakabi Sejahtera, a security printing company and part of the Murakabi consortium that bid against PNRI and the Astra Graphia consortium to win the project in 2011. Meanwhile, Made is allegedly the owner of PT Delta Energi, a Singapore-based investment company.
Irvanto and Made became the seventh and eighth individuals to be named as suspects in the graft case, after Setya, former Home Ministry officials Irman and Sugiharto, businessmen Andi Agustinus, aka Andi Narogong, and Anang Sugiana Sudihardjo and Golkar politician Markus Nari.
Irman, Sugiharto and Andi have been found guilty by the court, while Setya’s trial, as well as the investigation into Anang and Markus, are still ongoing. (rin)