Yasonna Laoly, Indonesian Minister of Justice and Human Rights, second from left. (Antara Photo/M. Agung Rajasa)

Justice Minister Skips KPK Summon to Attend Meeting at State Palace


FEBRUARY 03, 2017

Jakarta. Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly has skipped a summon from anti-graft agency KPK to be questioned as a witness in the e-KTP, or electronic ID card, graft case — which cost Rp 6.7 trillion ($500 million) in state losses — to attend a routine cabinet meeting at the State Palace on Friday (03/02).

Yasonna claimed he had only received the summon the day before the scheduled questioning and that he was unable to excuse himself from the cabinet meeting at the State Palace..

The minister said he was unsure why Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators had wanted to interrogate him, but suspected it might have something to do with his previous posting as a member of the House of Representatives' Commission II — which oversees home affairs and elections — in 2011-2012.

"They might want to question me about one of the Commission II's decisions at that time," Yasonna said.

KPK investigators have also questioned House speaker Setya Novanto and former House speaker Ade Komarudin in their investigation into the case.

Commission II had approved the Home Affairs Ministry's budget proposal for the e-KTP project.

The KPK has already named two suspects in the case.