Andi Naro­gong re­warded for in­crim­i­nat­ing Setya No­vanto

The Jakarta Post - - NATIONAL - Khar­ishar Kahfi

House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Speaker Setya No­vanto may have claimed that busi­ness­man Andi Agusti­nus was a just a guy who once of­fered to pro­cure cam­paign T-shirts for the Golkar Party.

But the busi­ness­man, who is now fac­ing prison time for his al­leged role in the e-ID graft case, is said to have been a close aide of the em­bat­tled Golkar leader, with some law­mak­ers re­fer­ring to him as Setya’s “right hand.”

For months, Setya, who will soon also face trial for his al­leged role in the high-pro­file graft case, de­nied hav­ing col­luded with Andi to rig the e-ID project, but the lat­ter might have spilled the beans on the for­mer af­ter de­cid­ing to co­op­er­ate with the Cor­rup­tion Eradication Com­mis­sion (KPK) as a “jus­tice col­lab­o­ra­tor” in the case.

The anti­graft body can grant jus­tice col­lab­o­ra­tor sta­tus to any de­fen­dant that is con­sid­ered co­op­er­a­tive in un­cov­er­ing the graft case. The de­fen­dant could later be re­warded with sev­eral ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing a lighter sen­tence and sen­tence re­mis­sions.

KPK spokesman Fe­bri Dian­syah said on Thurs­day that the KPK had re­ceived a re­quest from Andi, also known as Andi Naro­gong, to be­come a jus­tice col­lab­o­ra­tor in the high-pro­file e-ID graft case in Septem­ber.

On Thurs­day, while read­ing their sen­tence de­mand for Andi at the Jakarta Cor­rup­tion Court, KPK pros­e­cu­tors an­nounced that they had granted his re­quest.

“On Dec. 5, KPK com­mis­sion­ers de­cided to ap­prove the re­quest filed by the de­fen­dant,” KPK prose­cu­tor Nur Haris Arhadi said.

He ar­gued that the anti­graft body con­sid­ered Andi co­op­er­a­tive dur­ing the trial as he had tes­ti­fied truth­fully and re­vealed facts lead­ing to other sus­pects, in­clud­ing Setya.

De­spite the jus­tice col­lab­o­ra­tor sta­tus, pros­e­cu­tors still be­lieved that Andi was guilty in the graft case and de­manded the bench pun­ish the de­fen­dant with eight years in prison and Rp 1 bil­lion (US$70,000) in fines.

Andi al­legedly played a key role in the high-pro­file case by lob­by­ing mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to ease the bud­get­ing process for the mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar project and rig­ging the ten­der at the Home Min­istry, ac­cord­ing to the KPK’s in­dict­ment against the first two sus­pects in the case, Ir­man and Sugi­harto.

Ac­cord­ing to the KPK, Setya al­legedly helped Andi se­cure the House’s ap­proval to dis­burse Rp 5.9 tril­lion from the state bud­get for the project be­tween 2010 and 2013. Of the Rp 5.9 tril­lion that was dis­bursed, some Rp 2.3 tril­lion was al­legedly em­bez­zled and dis­trib­uted to a num­ber of par­ties.

Dur­ing Andi’s trial, it was re­vealed that he was able to rig the bud­get de­lib­er­a­tion at the House and ten­der process for the e-ID project be­cause of his al­leged re­la­tion­ship with Setya.

Ac­cord­ing to the 3,197 pages of sen­tence de­mands made by KPK pros­e­cu­tors to the panel of judges with the Jakarta Cor­rup­tion Court, Andi had ac­com­pa­nied Setya in sev­eral meet­ings re­gard­ing the project, in­clud­ing the one that took place at an of­fice in Jakarta around 2011.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Setya, along with an­other Golkar politi­cian, Chairu­man Hara­hap, had al­legedly asked for the 5-per­cent com­mit­ment fee from Andi and Paulus Tanos, the general di­rec­tor of PT Sandi­pala Artha­pura.

Andi con­firmed the meet­ing had taken place dur­ing last week’s hear­ing.

Andi also ad­mit­ted that he and busi­ness­man Johannes Mar­liem, who re­port­edly com­mit­ted sui­cide in the United States in Au­gust, gave Setya a lux­ury watch worth Rp 1.3 bil­lion as a “to­ken of grat­i­tude” for the politi­cian’s al­leged role in rig­ging the bud­get ear­marked for the e-ID project.

Andi is the third de­fen­dant in the e-ID graft case to have sought jus­tice col­lab­o­ra­tor sta­tus.

“As of to­day, ev­ery de­fen­dant in the graft case has re­quested to be­come a jus­tice col­lab­o­ra­tor and has ad­mit­ted their guilt, with two of them hav­ing re­turned the il­licit money to the anti­graft body,” Fe­bri said, re­fer­ring to for­mer Home Min­istry of­fi­cials Ir­man and Sugi­harto.

The KPK pre­vi­ously ap­proved the re­quest filed by the two for­mer of­fi­cials, with Ir­man say­ing they had told the KPK ev­ery­thing they knew about the high-pro­file graft case, in­clud­ing about the roles of other par­ties sus­pected to have in­ter­vened in the de­lib­er­a­tion of the project’s bud­get at the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The sta­tus, how­ever, was re­jected by the Jakarta High Court in its re­cent rul­ing on the ap­peal filed by KPK pros­e­cu­tors. The anti­graft body had stated that it would chal­lenge the rul­ing through a cas­sa­tion that would be filed with the Supreme Court.

KPK grants jus­tice col­lab­o­ra­tor sta­tus to Andi Naro­gong Andi seen as key wit­ness in e-ID graft case

JP/Khar­ishar Kahfi

How bad is it?: Busi­ness­man and graft de­fen­dant Andi Agusti­nus (right), known as Andi Naro­gong, speaks to his lawyer be­fore the sen­tence de­mand hear­ing at the Jakarta Cor­rup­tion Court on Thurs­day.

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