Ex-House Speaker's Relatives to Be Questioned in Graft Probe

Deisti Astriani Tagor, wife of Indonesia's House of Representatives speaker and graft suspect Setya Novanto. (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)

By : Alin Almanar | on 11:45 AM December 20, 2017
Category : News, Featured, Corruption

Jakarta. Antigraft investigators will press ahead with summoning relatives of Indonesia's House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto to be questioned as witnesses in the e-KTP graft case, a Corruption Eradication Commission spokesman said on Tuesday (19/12).

Investigators have been probing links between Setya's relatives and companies connected to the graft-tainted e-KTP project.

Setya is currently standing trial. His brother, Setio Lelono, failed to show up for questioning on Tuesday as another witness in the graft case.

Setio will be overseas until early next month and his interrogation has yet to be rescheduled, the antigraft commission's (KPK) spokesman Febri Diansyah said.

Setya's son and daughter, Rheza Herwindo and Dwina Michaella, also failed to show up for questioning late last month.

But KPK investigators have already summoned Rheza and Dwina again to be interrogated later this week, Febri said in Jakarta.

Setya's family controlled Murakabi Sejahtera, a printing company that bid for the e-KTP project.

Setya's wife, Deisti Astriani Tagor, and Rheza held a majority stake in Murakabi's holding company, Mondialindo Graha Perdana. Dwina was a commissioner at Mondialindo.

"We're digging deeper into share ownership at Murakabi and Mondialindo," KPK spokesman Febri told reporters.

The Rp 5.9 trillion ($413 million) e-KTP project resulted in Rp 2.3 trillion in state losses.

During Setya's first trial last week, KPK prosecutors charged him with siphoning off $7.3 million from the project.

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