House Leaders Reported to Ethics Council Over Right of Inquiry Into KPK Investigation

Hundreds of academics have declared their support for the antigraft agency amid a controversial move by the House of Representatives. (Antara Photo/Mohammad Ayudha)

By : Markus Junianto Sihaloho | on 6:59 PM May 03, 2017
Category : News, Politics, Corruption

Jakarta. Indonesian Anticorruption Society, or MAKI, coordinator Boyamin Saiman reported four lawmakers to the House Ethics Council on Wednesday (03/05) for approving a right of inquiry into an ongoing investigation conducted by the national antigraft agency.

On Friday, the House of Representatives approved a right of inquiry into an ongoing Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigation of the electronic identity card, or e-KTP, procurement project.

Boyamin reported the lawmakers for allegedly violating ethics codes while leading a plenary session to vote on the right of inquiry.

"[I have] reported Fahri Hamzah, Taufik Kurniawan, Setya Novanto and Agus Hermanto. The main defendant, however, is Fahri, the session leader. He should have prevented [the decision] from being reached. Fadli Zon, another lawmaker, was not [reported], as he walked out," Boyamin said.

The MAKI coordinator believes the House approval of a right of inquiry into the KPK investigation should not have been rushed.

Boyamin also said voting on the right of inquiry should not have been conducted because the lawmakers who originally filed the motion went unnamed.

Accordingly, he has requested that the House Ethics Council conduct a formal hearing to resolve the matter.

The right of inquiry was opposed by several House factions, including the Democratic Party and the United Development Party (PPP). An online petition in support of the KPK has accumulated nearly 20,500 signatories.

The e-KTP project was mothballed in October 2015 after a series of problems, including a late start, technical glitches and officials demanding payments from residents to provide the ostensibly free service.

The KPK subsequently discovered that $172.7 million was missing from the project's budget of $443 million.

The project was supposed to provide biometric ID cards to all Indonesians aged 17 years and older.

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