Disgraced DPD speaker Irman Gusman with KPK investigators earlier this month. (Antara Photo/Yudhi Mahatma)

KPK to Question DPD Speaker Irman Gusman on e-KTP Graft Case as Well

BY :FANA SUPARMAN

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

Jakarta. Anti-graft agency investigators are scheduled to question Regional Representatives Council speaker Irman Gusman on Monday (19/09) as a witness in another graft case, this time involving the controversial biometric identification cards, or e-KTP.

As previously reported, Irman was arrested in a sting operation on Saturday for his suspected involvement in another graft case, this time for allegedly receiving Rp 100 million ($7,600) in kickback payment for lobbying to manipulate West Sumatra's sugar import quota.

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokeswoman Yuyuk Andriati said investigators will grill Irman as a witness in a graft case involving Sugiharto, a former Home Affairs Ministry official charged with embezzling up to Rp 1.12 trillion of the Rp 6.7 trillion earmarked for the project to issue biometric ID cards to all Indonesians aged 17 and older.

"Irman will be questioned as a witness for the defense team," Yuyuk said at KPK headquarters in Jakarta on Monday.

The e-KTP procurement project was mothballed in October 2015, following a series of problems, from a late start, to technical glitches, and officials continuing to demand payments from residents to provide the ostensibly free service.

Sugiharto who was named as a suspect in the case by the KPK on April 22, 2014, but had not been arrested until today after a series of questionings and investigations.

A number of private company executives — including Willy Nusantara, the finance director of Quadra Solution, and Habib Mohamad, the business development manager of HP Indonesia — had already been questioned by investigators in the case but the anti-graft agency has not found enough evidence to bring the case to court.

The bidding for the e-KTP project was won by a consortium that led by state-owned money printing house Perum Peruri. Also in the consortium were state-owned surveyor Sucofindo; state-owned electronic equipment maker LEN Industri; and two private firms, Quadra Solution and smart card and security printing company Sandipala Arthaputra.

HP Indonesia was not part of the consortium, although it did sell equipment to it.

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