Testimony adds pressure on Setya
JAKARTA: The latest hearing in a high-profile graft case implicating House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto adds to pressure on the Golkar Party chairman over his alleged role in corruption in the e-ID card project.
On the witness stand, former Home Ministry Secretary General Diah Anggraini said on Friday that Setya had once asked her to tell Irman, her colleague at the ministry, not to reveal any connection with Setya.
“[Setya] told me: ‘Tell Irman that he doesn’t know me, should [anyone] ask [Irman]’,” said Diah, who was testifying against defendant businessman Andi Agustinus at the Jakarta Corruption Court.
Diah said it occurred in late April 2014, just days after the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) had named another former ministry official, Sugiharto, as the first suspect in the case.
When presiding judge Jhon Halasan Butar Butar asked Diah whether she knew about Setya’s intention for giving her that message at the time and whether she suspected it had anything to do with the investigation, Dian said: “I did not know.” Irman was named a suspect in September 2016 and was recently convicted, along with Sugiharto.