Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo Questioned in e-KTP Graft Case

Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo failed to show up for questioning by antigraft investigators on Wednesday (03/01) in their ongoing investigation into the high-profile e-KTP corruption case. (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

By : Fana Suparman | on 3:09 PM December 07, 2016
Category : News, Corruption

Jakarta. Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo was questioned by the national antigraft agency Wednesday (07/12) in an investigation into the notorious e-KTP corruption case.

Ganjar was serving as deputy chairman House of Representatives' Commission II, which oversees home affairs and elections, when the graft case occurred in 2011.

The commission approved the Home Affairs Ministry’s budget proposal for procurement of the electronic ID card, or e-KTP, program which cost the state 6.7 trillion ($515 million).

“I think most members of Commission II were questioned as witnesses. So am I,” Ganjar told reporters at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) office in South Jakarta.

He said there was no wrongdoing in the budget discussion at the House, but the project later captured the attention of KPK for its irregular procurement processes.

The KPK is also scheduled to grill former chairman of Commission II, Chairuman Harahap, Golkar Party lawmaker Markus Nari and Home Affairs Ministry staff member Junaidi.

The e-KTP project, planned to provide biometric ID cards to all Indonesians aged 17 and older, was mothballed in Oct. 2015 following a series of problems, including a late start, technical glitches and officials demanding payments from residents to provide the ostensibly free service.

The case has caused approximately Rp 2.3 trillion in state losses.

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