Tes­ti­mony adds pres­sure on Setya

The Jakarta Post - - NATIONAL -

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.

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