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Former minister Agus Martowardojo questioned by KPK in e-ID case

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 17, 2019   /   05:51 pm
Former minister Agus Martowardojo questioned by KPK in e-ID case Former finance minister Agus Martowardojo (right) gets ready for questioning as a witness at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building on May 17. (Antara/Aprilio Akbar)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned on Friday former finance minister Agus Martowardojo as a witness in the multitrillion rupiah e-ID corruption case.

Agus, also a former Bank Indonesia governor, was questioned as a witness in the commission’s investigation into graft suspect Golkar Party lawmaker Markus Nari.

He refused to comment upon his arrival at the KPK building in Jakarta on Friday as reported by Antara.

The KPK had summoned him on Tuesday last week but he failed to appear for questioning.

The antigraft body named Markus a suspect in two cases pertaining to the Rp 5.9 trillion (US$ 407 million) procurement of e-ID cards.

Markus is suspected of marking up the budget for an e-ID project at the House of Representatives. He allegedly accepted Rp 4 billion from Home Ministry official Irman.

Markus was also named a suspect for perjury and allegedly attempted to obstruct the KPK’s investigation into the e-ID graft case. He allegedly intimidated a trial witness, former Hanura Party lawmaker Miryam S. Haryani, into retracting her testimony.

The Golkar politician is the second politician to be named a suspect in the case after former House speaker Setya Novanto, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The e-ID graft case caused Rp 2.3 trillion in state losses. (ars)