KPK to Question Central Bank Governor Agus Martowardojo in e-KTP Graft Case


OCTOBER 18, 2016

Jakarta. The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, will question Central Bank Governor Agus Martowardojo as witness in an investigation of the procurement of biometric identification cards, or e-KTP.

The anti-graft agency's acting spokeswoman Yuyuk Andrianti said Agus was scheduled to be questioned by investigators on Tuesday (18/10) as witness in his capacity as former finance minister when the e-KTP procurement project was approved in 2011.

Agus will be summoned to explain the budgeting of the e-KTP project, which cost the state around Rp 6.7 trillion ($515 million).

“As of this time, there has been no confirmation of his attendance,” Yuyuk said at the KPK headquarters in South Jakarta.

The KPK is slated to also summon a number of former Home Affairs Ministry officials who were allegedly responsible for the procurement project, including Mahmud, Elvius Dailami, Naenunus, Ekworo Boedianto, Triyuni Soemartono and Malyono Mawar.

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.

State losses from the e-KTP project approximately stood at Rp 1.12 trillion.