Graft suspect and former Ministry of Home Affairs official Sugiharto was interrogated on Monday morning (17/10) over corruption in the issuance of biometric identification cards, or e-KTP. (Antara Photo/Yudhi Mahatma)

KPK Grills Ex-Home Affairs Ministry Official Sugiharto Again in e-KTP Graft Investigation

BY :FANA SUPARMAN

OCTOBER 17, 2016

Jakarta. Graft suspect and former Ministry of Home Affairs official Sugiharto was interrogated on Monday morning (17/10) over corruption in the issuance of biometric identification cards, or e-KTP.

Sugiharto was named a suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in April 2014, and has been interrogated several times since he was accused of embezzling up to Rp 1.12 trillion ($85 million) of the Rp 6.7 trillion earmarked for the e-KTP project.

He arrived at the KPK headquarters in South Jakarta in a wheelchair.

"He's been receiving outpatient treatment. He was hospitalized for 10 days but decided to leave the hospital because of the high costs," Sugiharto's lawyer Kuncoro told reporters.

Kuncoro added that Sugiharto will be questioned as witness in the case of Irman — former information management director at the directorate general of citizenship and civil records at the Home Ministry.

The e-KTP procurement project, aimed at issuing biometric ID cards to 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.

Several private company executives, including Willy Nusantara, finance director of Quadra Solutions, and Habib Mohamad, business development manager at Hewlett-Packard Indonesia, have already been questioned in the case, but the antigraft agency has not found enough evidence yet to bring it to the court.

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