Names of 14 who returned e-ID card project bribes sought

Sleman, Yogyakarta (ANTARA News) – The Anti-Corruption Study Center (Pukat Korupsi) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) has demanded the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to disclose the names of 14 people who reportedly returned bribes from an electronic-Identity (e-ID) card project.

“We fully support the KPK to comprehensively deal with the mega corruption of e-ID card project. We demand KPK to disclose the names of 14 people who have returned money from this corruption, for the sake of justice in this case,” Hifdzil Alim, researcher of the UGM Pukat Korupsi, said here on Wednesday.

The investigation process of the corruption case should continue, he added.

“We urge the KPK not be deterred by various intimidation carried out by those outside the KPK,” he stated.

He asked the agency to be transparent in investigating the corruption case, among other things, by announcing the names of the 14 people who claimed that they had returned the bribes.

“In our view, the move to disclose the names of the 14 people could counter attempts to weaken the KPK in disguise of revising the law on KPK,” he noted.

If the House of Representatives (DPR) manages to revise the law on KPK by establishing an advisory council, there is a possibility that they would carry out a wider revision, he added.

“We reject a revision of the law on KPK, and any attempt to weaken KPK, for the sake of corruption eradication,” he affirmed.

The agency earlier summoned House Speaker Setya Novanto as a witness in the corruption case.

It was the second time that the KPK has summoned Novanto after the first time on Dec 13, 2016, for the case that occurred during the Nov 2011-2012 period, when he was the treasurer of Golkar Party and concurrently the head of the Golkar Party sanction at the Parliament.

Novanto denied that the members of Commission II of the House of Representatives had received bribe for the e-ID project.

In addition to Novanto, the KPK had summoned Director of PT. Gajendra Adhi Sakti Azmin Aulia, businessman Afdal Noverman, and auditor of the Financial and Development Supervisory Agency (BPKP) Mahmud Toha Siregar.

The KPK has named two suspects in the e-ID corruption case: former director general of population and civil administration of the Home Affairs Ministry Irman and Population Administration Information Manager of the Home Affairs Ministry Sugiharto.

According to the BPKP, the state incurred losses reaching some Rp2.3 trillion owing to a markup in the e-ID project worth some Rp6 trillion.

Source: Antara News