Jakarta. Investigators of the national antigraft agency questioned several lawmakers as witnesses in the so-called e-KTP corruption case on Tuesday (07/11).
The lawmakers were questioned in what appears to be a fresh investigation into graft involving a Rp 5.9 trillion ($436 million) project for the procurement of national electronic identity cards, or e-KTP, which resulted in Rp 2.3 trillion in state losses.
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Febri Diansyah confirmed that a new investigation into the case commenced on Oct. 31 and that a recently issued warrant mentions the name of House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto.
"In any investigation, for sure, there is already a suspect," Febri said. However, he declined to name the new suspect.
The KPK previously declared Novanto a suspect in the case, but he was cleared in September after launching a pretrial motion in the South Jakarta District Court.
The lawmakers who were questioned on Tuesday admitted that it was related to the KPK investigation into the graft case, but they all remained tight-lipped when asked if they attended as witnesses against Novanto.
"Setya Novanto's name is on my summons letter, but there is no suspect status," Miryam Haryani, a former member of the House commission that deliberated the procurement project, told reporters.
"There was no new suspect mentioned," said Chairuman Harahap, the former chairman of the aforementioned House commission. "I was also surprised. The suspect is usually mentioned, but not this time."
Novanto was first named a graft suspect in July, following accusations the he had received Rp 574 billion from the procurement project.
The Golkar Party chairman could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.