Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama and PDI-P Chairwoman Megawati Sukarnoputri. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak A.)

Ahok Not Involved in e-KTP Graft Case: PDI-P Secretary General


MARCH 10, 2017

Jakarta. Hasto Kristiyanto, secretary general of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P, said Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama was not involved in the high-profile electronic ID card graft case.

The state suffered losses of Rp 6.7 trillion ($500 million) from the mothballed project.

Hasto said Ahok had rejected the biometric ID card program, better known as e-KTP.

"Ahok is clean. His name was not mentioned [by Corruption Eradication Commission prosecutors]. He never received [any bribe] and even rejected the e-KTP program at the time," Hasto said on Thursday (09/03).

PDI-P politicians thought to be involved

KPK prosecutors mentioned the names of several PDI-P politicians at court on Thursday when they read out their charges against Irman and Sugiharto, the two main suspects in the e-KTP case.

Hasto said the party had spoken to the party members to clarify the KPK prosecutors' statements.

"We will sanction them if the court finds them guilty," Hasto said.

The politician said PDI-P was an opposition party when the e-KTP project was started under former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and so had little say in the program.

KPK, Indonesia's anti-graft agency, last month summoned Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly, a PDI-P member, to be questioned as a witness.

Another politician, House Speaker Setya Novanto from the Golkar Party, has also been questioned by the KPK.

According to graft convict and former treasurer of the Democratic Party, Nazaruddin, Setya and former Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum had masterminded the e-KTP graft.

The e-KTP project, which was supposed to provide biometric ID cards for all Indonesians aged 17 and older, was mothballed in October 2015 following a series of problems, including a late start, technical glitches and officials demanding payments from residents to provide the ostensibly free service.