The Jakarta Post
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan failed to answer the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) summons on Wednesday, when he was scheduled to be questioned in a case of alleged bribery surrounding the Riau-1 power plant project.
The minister was to be questioned as a witness against Sofyan Basir, the suspended president director of state-owned electricity firm PLN who was named a suspect in the case.
“The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry sent a letter explaining that the minister couldn’t come for the questioning session as he was still on an overseas work trip,” KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah told journalists on Wednesday.
He added investigators would reschedule the questioning session for Jonan.
The KPK named Sofyan a suspect on April 23 in a graft case related to the development of the US$900 million coal-fired steam power plant project.
Sofyan is accused of receiving a kickback from businessman Johannes, a shareholder of Blackgold Natural Resources Ltd., to ensure the latter’s right to develop the power plant.
The project was designed to have a capacity of 2 by 300 megawatts and is expected to be completed in 2024. The letter of intent for the project was signed in January 2018.