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Jakarta Post

KPK completes investigation into Sofyan Basir over Riau-1 power plant

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 11, 2019   /   06:06 pm
KPK completes investigation into Sofyan Basir over Riau-1 power plant PLN president director Sofyan Basir answers questions from reporters after a meeting with KPK officials at the antigraft body's building in South Jakarta. The KPK has completed its investigation into Sofyan in a case of alleged graft involving the development of a power plant in Riau. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) completed on Tuesday its investigation into Sofyan Basir, the suspended president director of state-owned electricity firm PLN, in a graft case centering on the construction of a power plant in Riau.

“Investigators have handed the case over to prosecutors, who are currently drafting an indictment letter to be submitted to the court,” KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said in a statement.

He added that the graft busters had questioned 74 witnesses, comprising officials of PLN and its subsidiaries, House of Representatives lawmakers and Energy and Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan.

Sofyan’s lawyer Susilo Aribowo said he and his client were still thinking about whether to submit a request for Sofyan to become a justice collaborator in the case.

The antigraft body named Sofyan a suspect on April 23, charging him with accepting a bribe from Johannes Budisutrisno Kotjo, a shareholder of Blackgold Natural Resources Ltd., in return for the right to develop a US$900 million coal-fired power plant known as PLTU Riau 1. Johannes has also been convicted of giving some of the illicit money to two Golkar Party politicians, Idrus Marham and Eni Maulani Saragih.

The corruption court sentenced Johannes to two years and eight months in prison last year for giving the politicians a total of Rp 4.75 billion (US$333,825) in bribes. Meanwhile, Idrus and Eni were sentenced to three and six years in prison, respectively.

Sofyan was detained by the KPK on May 28 after skipping several summons.