House Ethics Council Grills Setya Novanto Over Graft Suspect Status

Members of the House of Representatives questioned Setya Novanto, center, at the offices of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in South Jakarta on Thursday (30/11) over his status as graft suspect. (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

By : Alin Almanar | on 9:56 PM November 30, 2017
Category : News, Politics, Corruption

Jakarta. Members of the House of Representatives questioned Setya Novanto at the offices of the national antigraft agency in South Jakarta on Thursday (30/11) over his status as a corruption suspect.

The questioning formed part of an ethics investigation, which could result in a decision to unseat him as speaker.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named Setya a suspect for a second time early in November for his alleged role in a high-profile graft case involving the procurement of electronic national identity cards, or e-KTP.

House Ethics Council (MKD) members said they were investigating Setya's apparent attempt to evade arrest and his admission to hospital following a car accident.

"The result of this questioning will then be corroborated with others, including the House General Secretariat and other House leaders," said MKD deputy chairman Sarifuddin Sudding, who is a member of the People's Conscience Party (Hanura).

Setya meanwhile declined to comment on the questioning.

MKD chairman Sufmi Dasco Ahmad said Setya would undergo further questioning in the ongoing investigation.

"The facts corroborated by related parties will then be corroborated with [Setya]," Sufmi, a member of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), said after Thursday's two-hour questioning session.

Setya is accused of having embezzled Rp 574 billion ($40 million) from the Rp 5.9 trillion procurement project, which resulted Rp 2.3 trillion in state losses.

The currently non-active Golkar Party chairman could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.

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