Court Jails Businessman for 8 Years in Electronic ID Card Graft Case

An antigraft court jailed businessman Andi Agustinus, or known as Andi Narogong, for eight years on Thursday (21/12) for his involvement in massive graft surrounding a government project involving national electronic identity cards, or e-KTP. (ANTARA Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)

By : Alin Almanar | on 7:08 PM December 21, 2017
Category : News, Featured, Corruption

Jakarta. An antigraft court jailed businessman Andi Agustinus, known as Andi Narogong, for eight years on Thursday (21/12) for his involvement in massive graft surrounding a government project involving national electronic identity cards, or e-KTP.

The panel of judges at the Jakarta Corruption Court also ordered Andi Agustinus to pay a Rp 1 billion ($70,000) fine or serve another six months in jail.

Andi is the first businessman to face a verdict in the case, which has also implicated several former government officials and lawmakers, as well as another businessman.

The court found Andi guilty of "colluding with others" to "direct a certain consortium" to win a contract for the Rp 5.9 trillion procurement of e-KTP.

The case caused the state to lose Rp 2.3 trillion.

"The impact of the defendant's misdeed is still felt until today, many members of the public are still finding it difficult to obtain electronic identity cards," presiding judge Jhon Halasan Butar Butar said.

The sentence met Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors' demands.

The court also ordered Andi to pay a restitution of $2.5 million and Rp 1.1 billion, an amount he had received from the procurement project. He had earlier returned $350,000 to KPK.

The court accepted Andi's request for the reopening of his bank accounts that had been blocked by KPK investigators, saying it was "fair and proper as long as for paying the restitution."

Andi's assets, if he fails to pay up, will be seized and auctioned, or he will be jailed for another two years.

Andi told the court he accepted Thursday's verdict and would not appeal.

KPK has approved Andi's proposal to become a justice collaborator, which will allow him to get a sentence reduction in the future if he can show good behavior when serving his jail sentence.

Another businessman, Anang Sudihardjo, is currently being placed in KPK custody after being charged in the graft case two months ago. His company was part of the consortium that won the procurement contract.

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