KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah. (JG Photo/Amal Ganesha)

Businessman Wants Justice Collaborator Status in e-KTP Graft Case


JANUARY 31, 2018

Jakarta. A second businessman implicated in the high-profile e-KTP graft case — where millions of dollars were embezzled from a government project to provide each Indonesian citizen with an electronic ID card — has requested to be granted justice collaborator status, a spokesman from Indonesia's antigraft agency, the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, said on Wednesday (31/01).

The request, if approved, could see Anang Sugiana Sudihardjo be given a lighter sentence or released on parole if convicted.

But Anang, who was named a suspect in the case late last year and has since been detained by the KPK, has to admit to wrongdoing and help antigraft investigators unravel the case.

The commission is currently considering whether to grant Anang the status, its spokesman Febri Diansyah said.

"This [request] can be seen, if it was not made halfheartedly, as a positive development," Febri told reporters.

"If the suspect is serious about wanting to become a justice collaborator, he has to reveal not only his own alleged role in the case but also what others did with him," Febri said

The status, by law, can only be granted to a suspect considered not to be the main perpetrator in a case.

Anang's company. Quadra Solution, was part of a consortium that won the contract for the Rp 5.9 trillion ($413 million) e-KTP projecy.

The case resulted in Rp 2.3 trillion in state losses.

The graft case has also implicated, among others, former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto and another businessman, Andi Agustinus, or Andi Narogong.

Setya, who is currently standing trial, has also applied for justice collaborator status.

Andi, who did become a justice collaborator, was sentenced late last year to eight years in prison.

Anang could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.