House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto is scheduled for questioning as a suspect on Monday (11/09) over corruption allegations involving the multi-million-dollar procurement of electronic identity cards, or e-KTP, the head of the national antigraft agency said.
It would be the first time the chairman of Golkar, Indonesia’s second-largest political party, will be interrogated since he was named a suspect in late July.
“The summons was already sent two days ago,” Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Agus Rahardjo told reporters in Jakarta on Friday.
KPK investigators have so far questioned around 100 witnesses in the case against Novanto, who was quick to deny any wrongdoing.
He lodged a pretrial motion with the South Jakarta District Court on Monday in an attempt to have his suspect status revoked. Next week’s questioning will come just a day before the first session of the pretrial.
Setya stands accused of having received around Rp 575 billion ($43.6 million) from the procurement project. He could face up to 20 years in jail and a maximum fine of Rp 1 billion, if found guilty.
Massive corruption in the Rp 5.9 trillion project, launched by the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2011, has resulted in around Rp 2.3 trillion in state losses.
Former Home Affairs Ministry officials Irman and Sugiharto, businessman Andi Agustinus and another Golkar lawmaker, Markus Nari, have so far been implicated in the case.