Jakarta. Antigraft officials are ready to challenge House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto's pretrial motion at a Jakarta court, where he will seek the dismissal of his suspect status in the widely publicized corruption case surrounding the embezzlement of funds related to electronic national identity cards, or e-KTP, an agency spokesman said on Monday (04/12).
Setya won an earlier pretrial appeal to have his suspect status removed after formal charges were brought by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). The judge in the case ruled that evidence gathered in the case against Setya and the consequent naming of the speaker as a graft suspect was "procedurally flawed."
However, KPK investigators renamed Setya as a suspect in the case last month.
Again, Setya filed a pretrial motion to remove himself from investigation, though KPK officials failed to attend the first hearing in that move on Thursday.
Officials from the KPK legal bureau will attend the next hearing scheduled for this Thursday at the South Jakarta District Court, spokesman Priharsa Nugraha said.
The court decided to postpone last week's hearing for a week as KPK claimed that administration documents required for the hearing were still being prepared.
"Because there has been a judge decision, we'll heed it and attend the scheduled pretrial hearing," Priharsa said when asked if documents for the hearing have been prepared.
Thursday's hearing comes after KPK officials said Setya's case dossiers have been deemed complete. But KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said on Monday investigators have yet to hand the dossiers over to prosecutors.
Setya stands accused of embezzling Rp 574 billion ($42 million) from the Rp 5.9 trillion procurement of national electronic identity cards, which caused the state to lose Rp 2.3 trillion. The non-active Golkar party chairman could face up to 20 years in jail if found guilty.
The politician has filed a judicial review to the Constitutional Court to examine the 2002 Law on the KPK to challenge an article that allows the antigraft agency to question a suspect by setting aside procedures stipulated by other laws.
He has also challenged another article that allows KPK to request that the Immigration Office impose a travel ban on a graft suspect.