Ex-Chairman of House Budget Committee Questioned in Electronic ID Card Graft Probe

Golkar politician Melchias Mekeng arrived at KPK headquarters in Jakarta on Thursday (11/01) to be interrogated as a witness in the e-KTP graft case. (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro A.)

By : Alin Almanar | on 8:12 PM January 11, 2018
Category : News

Jakarta. Indonesian antigraft investigators questioned lawmaker Melchias Marcus Mekeng on Thursday (11/01) in an ongoing probe into a massive graft case related to a government project to procure electronic national identity cards.

Mekeng, a Golkar party politician, was chairman of the House of Representatives budget committee when the project was being passed through the parliament in 2011.

Investigators are now digging deeper into parliamentary deliberations on the Rp 5.9 trillion ($413 million) project, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Febri Diansyah said.

"We're looking into the witness' [Mekeng] role in approving the budget for the project," Febri told reporters at his office in Jakarta.

Walking out of KPK headquarters, Mekeng said he was questioned about his duties and responsibilities as chairman of the House budget committee.

"I explained the laws and regulations governing my position. Other than that, there was nothing special about today's questioning," he told reporters.

Mekeng was also questioned about the involvement of his fellow Golkar party politician Markus Nari who has been named a suspect in the case — which caused the state to lose Rp 2.3 trillion.

Mekeng said he had never got in touch with Markus when his committee was discussing the project.

He remained tight-lipped when asked about allegations that he received $1.4 million in kickbacks from people involved in the graft case.

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