KPK Quizzes HP Indonesia Manager in E-KTP Graft Case


SEPTEMBER 15, 2015

Jakarta. Antigraft investigators are scheduled to question an executive from Hewlett-Packard Indonesia on Tuesday in a Rp 1.12 trillion ($77.8 million) corruption scandal centering on the production of biometric government-issued identification cards.

Tuesday’s questioning at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) office in South Jakarta will be the second such grilling for Habib Mohamad, the business development manager of HP Indonesia, which supplied some of the equipment used to produce the ID cards, known as e-KTP.

Habib will be quizzed as a witness against 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.

The project was mothballed last November 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.

Habib was initially questioned by the KPK in June, after investigators identified out-of-spec equipment as being one of the major wastages in the project.

The consortium that won the contract to provide the equipment had promised, among others, retinal scanners. However, the HP-branded devices delivered to ward offices nationwide turned out to be fingerprint scanners.

The consortium was led by state-owned mint 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 the consortium.