Jakarta. Indonesia's Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan on Monday (04/12) failed to attend a questioning session as a witness in a graft case related to several Transportation Ministry projects.
Jonan is the former transportation minister and was summoned as a witness to testify against the ministry's non-active director general for sea transport, Antonius Tonny Budiono.
Antonius has been named as a bribery suspect in the case after being arrested in a sting operation in Jakarta by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
KPK spokesman Priharsa Nugraha said Jonan had informed the commission that he was not going to be able to attend Monday's questioning.
"He [Ignasius] said he had already had been scheduled to meet with the Ethiopian energy minister on Monday," Priharsa told reporters at KPK headquarters in South Jakarta.
Priharsa said Jonan's question would be rescheduled as soon as possible.
"Investigators think Jonan has the information we need to dig deeper into this case," Priharsa said.
Antonius allegedly received about Rp 20 billion in bribes in a Transportation Ministry project. Reportedly Rp 1.174 billion came from Adiputra Kurniawan, a commissioner at dredging company Adhi Guna Keruktama.
Adiputra has also been named as a graft suspect in the case.
The bribes were allegedly related to a dredging project at Tanjung Emas Port in Semarang, Central Java.
KPK investigators are still tracking the sources of the remaining Rp 18.9 billion in bribes allegedly received by Antonius. These were reportedly related to several other projects with the Transportation Ministry.
Investigators have earlier questioned Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and the ministry's general secretary Sugihardjo as witnesses against Antonius.