Pertamina Chief Nicke Widyawati Again Skips Questioning in Riau-1 Graft Case

Pertamina president director Nicke Widyawati, left, again skipped questioning on Thursday (03/09) in a high-profile graft case involving the Riau-1 coal-powered power plant project. (Antara Photo/Pertamina/Adityo Pratomo)

By : Suara Pembaruan | on 9:18 PM September 14, 2018
Category : News, Corruption

Jakarta. Nicke Widyawati, president director of state energy company Pertamina, has again skipped questioning in a high-profile graft case involving a coal-powered power plant project in Riau.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) was set to question Nicke as a witness on Thursday (13/09), after she excused herself on Monday citing a shareholder meeting.

"Until this afternoon, there is no information about her non-attendance," KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah told Suara Pembaruan on Friday.

Former Golkar politician Idrus Marham has been implicated in the case, which has forced him to resign as social affairs minister in August. KPK investigators earlier also arrested another Golkar politician, Eni Maulani Saragih, at Idrus's home on charges related to the case. She served as deputy chairwoman of House of Representatives Commission VII, which oversees energy.

Eni was since named a suspect and charged with receiving a Rp 4.8 billion ($324,000) bribe from a stakeholder in the 600-megawatt Riau-1 power plant project.

The $900 million project, which forms part of the government's 35,000-megawatt power development plan, is being built by state utility firm Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN).

KPK investigators earlier also questioned PLN president director Sofyan Basyir as a witness in the case.

The national antigraft agency wants to question Nicke in connection with her previous role as director of planning at PLN. She was appointed as president director of Pertamina in August, after serving in an acting capacity since April.

Febri said the KPK will again reschedule Nicke's questioning session.

Johannes B. Kotjo, a shareholder in Blackgold Natural Limited, an investment holding company with interests in mining and power plants, has been named a suspect in the case.

He is alleged to have bribed both Edi and Idrus with gifts and promises to ensure that an affiliate company is awarded contracts in the Riau-1 power plant project.

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