Jakarta. Prosecutors are seeking an eight-year prison term and a fine of Rp 1 billion ($70,000), or an additional six months in jail, for Andi Agustinus, the first businessman to face charges in the e-KTP corruption case.
Andi, also known as Andi Narogong, is one of two businessmen, along with several former Home Affairs Ministry officials and lawmakers, implicated in the graft-tainted government procurement project for national electronic identity cards, or e-KTP.
Prosecutors of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) claim that Andi had played a key role in rigging the budgeting and procurement process in the Rp 5.9 trillion e-KTP project, which resulted in Rp 2.3 trillion in state losses.
"The defendant's misdeed was related to sovereignty over the management of national population data and its impact is still felt until now," KPK prosecutor Mufti Nur Irawan said during a hearing in the Jakarta Corruption Court on Thursday night (07/12), as quoted by state-run news agency Antara.
Prosecutors also declared Andi as a justice collaborator, which could see him facing a lighter sentence, or being released on parole, if convicted.
Andi's testimony has strengthened the ongoing investigations against other suspects in the case, KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said.
They include House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto, whom investigators had to charge twice before being able to take him to trial.
"He told about meetings involving S.N.; the flow of funds to several parties. … All of this had been explained," Febri told reporters, referring to Setya by his initials.
Andi has been on trial for the past four months. He was detained earlier this year after antigraft investigators named him a suspect in the case.
The other businessman implicated in the case is Quadra Solution president director Anang Sudihardjo, who was declared a suspect two months ago and eventually detained.
Anang's company was part of a consortium that won the procurement contract over two rival groups. Andi allegedly meddled in the establishment of the three consortiums, as well as in the tender process, KPK prosecutors said.