Political Consideration Not a Factor in e-KTP Graft Investigation: KPK


MARCH 09, 2017

Jakarta. The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, Indonesia's anti-graft agency, said it will not let the political impact from revealing the names of individuals allegedly involved in the high-profile electronic ID card graft case, influence its investigation.

The case has apparently caused Rp 6.7 trillion ($500 million) in state losses.

KPK Chairman Agus Rahardjo said he will soon reveal the names of individuals allegedly implicated in the case, in which two suspects had already been named — Sugiharto and Irman, both former information management heads at the directorate general of citizenship and civil records at the Home Affairs Ministry.

The charges against the two will be read by prosecutors at the Jakarta Corruption Court (Tipikor) on Thursday (09/03).

"Political impact formed no part of our consideration," KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said in Jakarta on Wednesday, adding that the agency's investigation has been conducted according to the law.

The anti-graft agency last month summoned Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly to be questioned as a witness in the case.

Another politician, House Speaker Setya Novanto, has also been questioned by the KPK.

According to graft convict and former treasurer of the Democratic Party, Nazaruddin, Setya and former Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum had masterminded the e-KTP graft.

The e-KTP project, which was supposed to provide biometric ID cards for 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.