The national antigraft agency on Wednesday (08/02) summoned Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly to be questioned as a witness in an investigation over e-KTP, or electronic ID cards, corruption case. (Antara Photo/Yudhi Mahatma)

KPK Summons Justice Minister Yasonna Laoly as a Witness in e-KTP Graft Case

BY :FANA SUPARMAN

FEBRUARY 08, 2017

Jakarta. The national antigraft agency on Wednesday (08/02) summoned Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly to be questioned as a witness in an investigation over e-KTP, or electronic ID cards, corruption case, which cost the state Rp 6.7 trillion ($500 million).

Yasonna failed to meet the summons on Friday due to a routine cabinet meeting at the State Palace.

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Febri Diansyah said Yasonna will be questioned about former Ministry of Home Affairs official Sugiharto who has been named a suspect in the case.

Yasonna, politician of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) in 2011-2012 was a member of House of Representatives Commission II, which oversees home affairs and elections.

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.

Earlier, KPK investigators questioned House Speaker Setya Novanto as a witness in the case. According to graft convict and former treasurer of the Democrat Party, Nazaruddin, the e-KTP project had been controlled by Setya and former Democrat Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum.

The KPK has only named two suspects in the case — Sugiharto and Irman, former information management director at the directorate general of citizenship and civil records at the Home Ministry.

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