Ex-House Speaker's Son Interrogated in Electronic ID Card Graft Case

A son of former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto showed up for questioning on Friday (22/12) as a witness in a graft case surrounding a government project involving national electronic identity cards, or e-KTP, that has implicated his father.(Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak)

By : Alin Almanar | on 9:11 PM December 22, 2017
Category : News, Corruption

Jakarta. A son of former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto showed up for questioning on Friday (22/12) as a witness in a graft case surrounding a government project involving national electronic identity cards, or e-KTP, that has implicated his father.

It was the second summons from investigators for Setya's son, Rheza Herwindo, after he failed to appear for a previous summons late last month.

Rheza, coming out of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters in Jakarta, declined to comment about his questioning.

The questioning comes a day after investigators also questioned Rheza's sister, Dwina Michaella, as a witness in the case.

Rheza's questioning also coincided with Setya's, who is currently standing trial. All testified as witnesses against another suspect in the case, businessman Anang Sudihardjo.

Anang's company was part of a consortium that won a contract for the Rp 5.9 trillion ($413 million) procurement project over two rival consortiums.

Setya, through his wife and Rheza, controlled Murakabi Sejahtera, a printing company that was part of one of the rival consortiums, according to KPK prosecutors' 56-page indictment against Setya.

"Rheza was questioned about his share ownership in Mondialindo Graha Perdana," a KPK spokesman Priharsa Nugraha later told reporters, declining to elaborate.

Rheza and his mother, Deisti Astriani Tagor, held a majority stake in Mondialindo, Murakabi's holding company. His sister, Dwina, served as a commissioner at Mondialindo.

Dwina, coming out of KPK headquarters on Thursday, also declined to comment about her questioning.

KPK prosecutors, in the first hearing of Setya's graft trial earlier this month, arraigned him for having embezzled $7.3 million from the procurement project. He could face up to 20 years in jail.

Massive graft surrounding the project caused the state to lose Rp 2.3 trillion.

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