The Jakarta Post
Former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto reportedly knew about bribes received in the development of a coal-fired power plant (PLTU) in Riau, according to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
The antigraft body has questioned Setya twice as a witness in the PLTU Riau-1 case, which involves top Golkar Party member Eni Maulani Saragih, former Social Affairs Minister Idrus Marham, who is also a former Golkar politician, and businessman Johannes Budisutrisno Kotjo.
The KPK arrested Eni and Johannes after a raid in July, during which it also seized Rp 500 million (US$33,944) in cash that was allegedly used as kickbacks to ensure the development of the mine mouth power plant to be built by coal miner BlackGold Natural Resources Limited.
At the time, Johannes was listed as a shareholder of the publicly listed Singapore-based company.
A month later, Idrus stepped down from his post as minister as well as from his party because of his involvement in the case. Later, the KPK announced him as a suspect in the graft case.
“SN [Setya] knows the details of this project, including the fee, bribe and other relevant information,” KPK deputy chairman Laode M. Syarif said on Saturday as quoted by tempo.co.
The KPK has also questioned Setya’s son, Rheza Herwindo, who served as a commissioner for PT Skydweller Indonesia Mandiri.
Laode said Rheza's company history showed that he had once cooperated with Johannes. (ris)