Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo leaves KPK headquarters in Jakarta on Friay after being questioned as a witness in the long-running e-KTP investigation. (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir)

Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo Questioned as Witness in e-KTP Investigation

MAY 11, 2019

Jakarta. Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo was questioned by investigators of the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, on Friday as a witness in the e-KTP graft case involving former Golkar Party politician and House of Representatives, or DPR, member Markus Nari.

Ganjar was questioned because he was the deputy chairman of the House’s Commission II, which oversees home affairs, when the e-KTP project was underway.

"The person concerned was examined as a witness for suspect M.N. [Markus Nari]," KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said on Friday.

Morowali district head Aptripel Tumimomor will also be questioned as a witness by the KPK in the case.

Wearing a short-sleeve batik shirt, Ganjar arrived at the KPK headquarters in Jakarta at around 10 a.m. on Friday. He did not say much when asked why he was summoned by the KPK.

"They're asking me for information. [Ask me about it] later," Ganjar said.

Ganjar was named as the person who received $520,000 in the e-KTP project by two former officials at the Home Affairs Ministry, who are now suspects in the case, Irman and Sugiharto.

The accusation was corroborated by the testimony of former House Speaker Setya Novanto, who said there was a flow of funds to Ganjar, some Commission II members and members of the House’s budget committee who were in office back then.

Not only that, former Democratic Party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin, the whistleblower in the case, had also said that Ganjar received a portion of the money from the e-KTP project. Nazaruddin said that Ganjar received a total of $500,000.

He claimed to have witnessed the money being handed to Ganjar in the office of former Commission II member from the Golkar Party Mustokoweni Murdi, who passed away in 2010.

Ganjar has denied all the allegations and said that he did not receive any money from the e-KTP project.

Rp 2.3 Trillion in State Losses

In July 2017, Markus was named as a suspect by the KPK for allegedly "breaking the law to enrich himself, other people or a corporation" in the procurement of e-KTP electronic identification cards during 2011-2013, embezzling Rp 2.3 trillion ($170.8 million) from a total budget of Rp 5.9 trillion.

As a lawmaker at the DPR, Markus' role was to smooth out negotiations and mark up the proposed budget for the e-KTP project to Rp 1.49 trillion.

Markus and his accomplices were revealed to have demanded Rp 5 billion in bribes from Irman in 2012.

The KPK suspects that Markus has received Rp 4 billion out of the Rp 5 billion he demanded. He was arrested on April 1.

On Wednesday, the anti-graft agency confiscated a Toyota Land Cruiser belonging to Markus as part of their investigation.

"We will look into whether the car was bought with money from the e-KTP [project] or not, or if it is related to another case," Febri said at the KPK headquarters on Friday, as quoted by detik.com.

This is not the first time that Markus had been named as a suspect in the massive e-KTP graft case. He has already been charged for obstructing the investigation and prosecution of another graft case related to the e-KTP project.