Nazaruddin discloses Anas’ alleged dirty assets


Haeril Halim, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Mon, March 17 2014, 10:51 AM

Graft convict and former Democratic Party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin has alleged that former party chairman Anas Urbaningrum owns a number of illicit assets across the country.

Speaking at Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters on Friday after being questioned on Anas’ alleged money laundering activities, Nazaruddin said one of the illicit assets owned by his former boss was a hotel in Bali.

“The hotel is owned by Anas and a legislator at the House of Representatives,” Nazar said without disclosing the legislator’s identity.

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Political parties roll out campaigns


Haeril Halim and Hasyim Widhiarto, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Headlines | Mon, March 17 2014, 9:37 AM

Political party leaders and presidential hopefuls started their tours around the country on Sunday to garner support in the run up to the April 9 legislative election.

Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle’s (PDI-P) presidential candidate, in his first outdoor campaign event in Jakarta, said that a big win for the party in the legislative election would determine the party’s chances in the presidential election, slated for July 9.

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Budi insists bailout decision was collective


Haeril Halim, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Fri, March 14 2014, 8:42 AM

Former Bank Indonesia (BI) deputy governor Budi Mulya, through his lawyers, insisted on Thursday that his “colleagues” at the central bank should also share the blame on the decision to bailout the ailing Bank Century in 2008.

Alfian C. Sarumaha, one of Budi’s lawyer, said that the decisions to channel short-term assistance (FPJP) to keep Bank Century afloat and to categorize Bank Century as a “potentially failed bank that posed a systemic threat to the banking sector” was a collective decision made by BI.

“The decision was not made by the defendant, but by the BI board of governors in a meeting attended by all board members,” Alfian said, while reading out a defense statement at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Thursday.

Budi has been indicted with collective corruption involving BI officials, including then BI governor Boediono, BI senior deputy governor Miranda Goeltom and BI deputy governor Siti C. Fadjrijah, Budi Rochadi, Hartadi Sarwono and Ardhayadi Mitroatmodjo, as well as then deputy governor Muliaman Hadad, who is currently the chairman of the Financial Services Authority (OJK).

Prosecutors have accused them of making illicit arrangements and orchestrating the eligibility of Bank Century to receive the bailout despite the fraud by its management and shareholders that had left the bank insolvent.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) also found that the bank should not have been salvaged as it posed no systemic risks to the banking sector if it went under.

Budi also allegedly accepted Rp 1 billion (US$87,000) from former Bank Century owner Robert Tantular in August 2008, around four months before the bailout decision.

However, Alfian said that prosecutors had failed to explain in their indictment that his client had violated any BI regulations, as the FPJP and the decision to categorize bank Century as a failed bank that posed a systemic threat to the banking sector used BI’s internal policies and should be prosecuted under Law No.23/2009 on Bank Indonesia should any irregularities occur.

He cited Article 45 of the BI Law, which stipulated that the BI governor, senior deputy governors, deputy governors and any other officials at the central bank could not be prosecuted on a policy, if the policy met the necessary requirements under the prevailing laws.

Meanwhile, Luhut Pangaribuan, another lawyer representing Budi, said that the disbursement of the FPJP did not cause any state losses, which allegedly reached Rp 7.4 trillion, as reported by the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK).

“Technically, the state did not lose a single penny from the FPJP because the recipient was required to deposit a guarantee that it would return the FPJP money [to BI],” Luhut said.

Ruhut grilled on Anas’ money laundering


Haeril Halim, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Thu, March 13 2014, 11:28 AM

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned on Wednesday Democratic Party spokesman Ruhut Sitompul to dig for further information regarding the illicit assets of graft and money-laundering suspect Anas Urbaningrum, the party’s former chairman.

“Yes, he [Ruhut] was questioned as a witness for AU,” KPK spokesman Priharsa Nugraha said on Wednesday referring to Anas’ initials.

KPK has named Anas a suspect in the graft-ridden Hambalang sports complex project in West Java, and stands accused of accepting Rp 2.2 billion (US$192,518) and a Toyota Harrier from the construction firm that won the tender.

Anas allegedly used the money to fund his successful campaign for the chairmanship of the Democratic Party in 2010.

The KPK has also charged the former member of the House of Representatives with money laundering after it found ill-gotten assets allegedly connected to Anas across the country.

Ruhut was a member of Anas’ campaign team during the Democratic Party congress in Bandung four years ago when he was selected party chairman, defeating then minister of sport and youth affairs Andi Mallarangeng.

Andi has also been charged in the graft case.

Speaking after the questioning, Ruhut said he knew nothing about Anas’ allegedly laundered assets.

“I told KPK investigators that I had no knowledge about the assets. Overall, I was asked more than 30 questions, including on my relationship with Anas and the 2010 congress,” Ruhut said.

Meanwhile on Friday last week, the KPK confiscated two plots of land — 7,670 and 200 square meters in size — in Mantrijeron district in Yogyakarta; three plots of land of undisclosed size, in Panggungharjo village, in Sewon subdistrict, Bantul regency, Yogyakarta; and a plot of land and a house on Jl. Duren Sawit, East Jakarta.

An internal source at the KPK recently said that the confiscated property had been purchased with funds accrued by Anas from graft, including in the Hambalang project.

KPK spokesman Johan Budi last week said that all the confiscated property was registered under the name of Anas’ father-in-law Attabik Alil, who is a senior cleric at Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU).

“The asset tracing is still ongoing and if investigators find strong evidence of the existence of other [illicit] assets then more seizures will occur,” Johan said.

Anas’ Lawyer Handika Honggowongso said the five plots of land were bought by Attabik using money from his business.

Anas could face 20 years for money laundering


Haeril Halim, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Thu, March 06 2014, 8:23 AM

Anas Urbaningrum: (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has slapped money laundering charges against disgraced former Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum, currently being detained for his alleged involvement in the high-profile graft scandal surrounding the Hambalang sports complex project.

“Investigators have found two strong pieces of evidence to name AU as a money laundering suspect,” KPK spokesman Johan Budi told a press briefing on Wednesday at KPK headquarters, referring to Anas by his initials.

Anas was accused of violating articles 3 and 4 of the 2010 Money Laundering Law and articles 3 and 6 of the 2003 Money Laundering Law, which combined carry a maximum of 20 years’ imprisonment.

However, the KPK did not elaborate further on its new allegations against Anas, and only announced it was currently tracing his assets but did not mention the sum of Anas’ alleged illicit assets.

The use of the 2003 Money Laundering Law indicates that Anas had allegedly laundered ill-gotten money during his time as a commissioner at the General Elections Commission (KPK) 2001-2005. “We are still tracing Anas’ assets allegedly tied to money laundering and have not confiscated anything yet,” Johan said.

Anas was named a suspect in the graft-ridden Hambalang sports complex project in West Java for allegedly accepting a Toyota Harrier sedan from the construction firm that won the tender.

KPK investigators also accused Anas of accepting Rp 2.2 billion (US$189,958) from the same company to fund his campaign during the Democrats congress in 2010, during which he was elected chairman.

Graft convict and former Democrats treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin earlier said that Anas hid Rp 2 trillion in Singapore from rigging dozens of state projects, thanks to his position as chairman of the ruling party, which had a huge influence on state institutions, allegations that Anas had rejected.

Nazaruddin said that the money was going to be used by Anas to finance his planned presidential bid, but he was arrested for graft before the election.

Responding to the new status of his client, Anas’ lawyer Firman Wijaya said “the investigation is going nowhere and has deviated from the primary allegations”.

Firman accused the KPK of playing with the law in Anas’ case and tried to focus on issues unrelated to the primary allegations.

“It would be better if the KPK brought the case to court as soon as possible so the public would have a crystal clear view of the case,” Firman said on Wednesday.

He also accused the KPK of playing politics by naming Anas a money laundering suspect one day before the first hearing in the highly politicized Bank Century trial, which allegedly implicated Vice President Boediono and the government.

The Hambalang graft scandal has also implicated another senior Democrats lawmaker, Andi Mallarangeng, who was former youth and sports minister. Andi is expected to face court next week as KPK prosecutors have handed over their dossiers to the court.

Two West Java judges named suspects for accepting bribes


Haeril Halim, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Headlines | Thu, March 06 2014, 9:19 AM

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Wednesday named two judges in West Java corruption suspects for allegedly accepting bribes in connection to a major corruption case implicating a former Bandung mayor.

“We have found strong evidence and have officially named two judges, with the initials PSS and RC, as suspects,” KPK spokesman Johan Budi told a press briefing on Wednesday, referring to judges Pasti Serefina Sinaga and Ramlan Comel.

Ramlan is an ad-hoc anti corruption judge at the Bandung District Court while Pasti is a judge at the West Java High Court. The two have been subject to travel bans since October last year.

Both judges are believed to have accepted bribes from a number of Bandung administration officials tried in the Bandung District Court for allegedly embezzling Rp 40 billion (US$3.4 million) in social aid funding managed by the city’s administration.

One of Ramlan’s colleagues, judge Setyabudi Tejocahyono, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in the bribery case.

Setyabudi, then Bandung District Court deputy head, was accused of accepting bribes from former Bandung mayor Dada Rosada, who was then standing trial for his role in the social aid funding graft case.

Dada has been charged along with some of his subordinates and several middlemen, including Toto Hutagalung, a community leader in Bandung.

Johan declined to elaborate on the roles of Ramlan and Pasti, saying only that they were implicated in the case against Setyabudi.

Previously, the Judicial Commission reported six judges from the Bandung District Court and the West Java High Court to the KPK for alleged corruption. It remains unclear whether Ramlan and Pasti were among the reported judges.

Commission chairman Eman Suparman refused to name the rogue judges but confirmed that they were connected to Setyabudi’s case. He said Setyabudi had become a justice collaborator and had revealed the roles of other judges related to the case.

In Setyabudi’s indictment, which was read out at the Bandung Corruption Court on Dec. 17, 2013, prosecutors said Setyabudi made a promise to Dada’s confidant, Toto, that he would organize a scheme to acquit Dada and give lenient sentences to the other defendants in the case.

Setyabudi then requested Rp 3 billion in return for his assistance, as well as for his efforts to win the case at the Bandung District Court and the West Java High Court.

The indictment said that it was the head of the Bandung State Court, Singgih Budi Prakoso, who allegedly accepted $15,000 in bribes and appointed Setyabudi as the head of the panel of judges that heard the case. Other members of the panel were Ramlan and Djodjo Djauhari.

In the appellate court at the West Java High Court, the case was handled by former West Java High Court head Sareh Wiyono, who then appointed an interim head of the court, Kristi Purnamiwulan, to set up a panel to hear the case.

Sareh has been accused of accepting Rp 1.5 billion from Dada through Setyabudi. The other panel members were Pasti, Fontian Munzil and Wiwik Widjiastuti.

The indictment said that Pasti asked for Rp 1 billion, of which Rp 850 million was given to the members of the panel.

The KPK has indicted a number of judges for bribery in its efforts to clean up the nation’s notoriously corrupt judiciary.

Last year, the antigraft body arrested then Constitutional Court chief justice Akil Mochtar for allegedly accepting bribes in connection to election disputes in Lebak, Banten and Gunung Mas, Central Kalimantan.

No politics in Century trial: KPK


Haeril Halim, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Headlines | Thu, March 06 2014, 8:00 AM

In what appears to be the court proceedings of the country’s biggest corruption case, former Bank Indonesia (BI) deputy governor Budi Mulya is being indicted on Thursday for allegedly misusing his authority in the bailout of Bank Century in 2008, which has apparently resulted in major state losses.

The trial, less than 34 days prior to the legislative election, will examine how the defendant and others decided on a bailout that eventually swelled tenfold, to Rp 6.76 trillion (US$583.6 million) from Rp 630 billion.

Aside from the scale of the state losses, estimated by the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) to be to the tune of Rp 7.4 trillion, the case may also implicate high-profile luminaries such as Vice President Boediono, who was the BI governor during the bailout, and chairman of the powerful Financial Services Authority (OJK) Muliaman Hadad, who was BI deputy governor at the time.

The proceedings will also help to uncover claims voiced by politicians alleging that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s inner-circle misused the bailout to finance his 2009 reelection bid.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said on Wednesday that the trial, slated to be held at the Jakarta Corruption Court, was not in any way politically motivated or engineered to sideline certain parties ahead of the election on April 9.

“Allegations that this is engineered are irrelevant. We don’t care about the election; our job is to enforce the law,” said KPK spokesman Johan Budi. “We have been investigating the case for a long [time]. Thus, it has nothing to do with elections.”

A KPK document on Budi’s indictment, a copy of which was recently obtained by The Jakarta Post, reveals that Budi will be charged with violating articles 2 and 3 of Law No. 20/2001 on corruption in conjunction with articles 55 and 64 of the Criminal Code on collective crime and continuous crime, respectively.

The KPK also cited Article 2 of Law No. 20/2001 that regulates self-enrichment and Article 3 of Law No. 20/2001, which regulates self-enrichment and corporation.

The indictment also alleges that Budi accepted Rp 1 billion from Bank Century shareholder Robert Tantular in August 2008, around four months before the bailout decision.

If found guilty, Budi will face a maximum of 20 years in prison.

According to the KPK indictment, Budi’s alleged crime was committed “collectively” by Boediono, BI senior deputy governor Miranda Goeltom and BI deputy governors Siti C. Fadjrijah, Budi Rochadi, Muliaman Hadad, Hartadi Sarwono and Ardhayadi Mitroatmodjo.

The KPK, according to the document, alleges that Budi and his “colleagues” abused their authority in channeling short-term assistance (FPJP) to keep Bank Century, now Bank Mutiara, afloat.

They are also alleged to have abused their authority in categorizing Bank Century as a potentially failed bank that posed a systemic threat to the banking sector.

Apart from Budi, no others have been declared suspects by the KPK. However, the commission usually defers prosecuting others until the court hands down its verdict on the first suspect.

“It’s a political case from the very beginning, as it involves the House of Representatives [in pushing for a special investigation],” said political analyst Heri Budianto of the Political Communication (Polcomm) Institute.

“It will be interesting to see how Yudhoyono handles [the situation], as it involves his vice president. Will he tell Boediono to resign to focus on his case, as he told Anas Urbaningrum to resign?” he said.

Anas is a former Democratic Party chairman who was told to resign last year due to an alleged graft case.

“The decision by the KPK to slap collective crime articles on Budi and his colleagues should be very much appreciated. The naming of Boediono in the collective indictment has serious political consequences,” said Muhammad Misbakhun, one of the initiators of the legislative inquiry into the Bank Century controversy.

“Materially, Boediono has been indicted although, formally, he has not yet been declared a suspect,” he said.

Boediono has repeatedly denied any wrongdoings in his decision to bail out the bank.

Pertamina director retracts statement over House payoffs


Haeril Halim, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Wed, March 05 2014, 7:36 AM

Big guns: President director of state energy company PT Pertamina, Karen Agustiawan (right) and an expert witness from the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force (SKKMigas), Hardiyono, leave the Jakarta Corruption Court on Tuesday after giving their testimonies in the trial of former SKKMigas chief Rudi Rubiandini. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

Karen Agustiawan, president director of state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina, retracted on Tuesday her statement that several legislators and state officials had requested money from her company to pay off legislators.

Testifying in the trial of former Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force (SKKMigas) head Rudi Rubiandini, Karen claimed that Pertamina had never paid off legislators to help smooth deliberations of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s budget at the House of Representatives.

She claimed that Rudi was the only state official who ever asked Pertamina for money.

She told the Jakarta Corruption Court that on June 13, Rudi phoned her to ask Pertamina to provide US$150,000 to be paid to House members who were then deliberating the ministry’s budget. “I rejected the request, saying that Pertamina had already given the money to the House. I said that to stop him asking me again; although I had never given the House money,” Karen said.

She claimed to have no knowledge to which agency at the House Rudi planned to give the money.

Her testimony, however, contradicted the statement she gave to Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators, in which she claimed the money was to be given to the House budget committee.

In a KPK document containing her statement, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post, Karen told investigators that Rudi once phoned her to say that Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik and he had agreed that SKKMigas would provide $150,000 to help ease the House deliberations on the ministry’s budget, while another $150,000 would be provided by Pertamina.

Following her rejection, according to the documented statement, Rudi told Karen that he “would report this to Jero”.

However, Karen stopped short of mentioning Jero’s name during the trial hearing on Tuesday, saying that the statement in the KPK file was untrue.

She reiterated that besides Rudi, no other parties had asked for money from Pertamina.

The judges reminded Karen that she was under oath and that she risked being charged with perjury if she failed to tell the truth.

In her defense, Karen said, “That statement was not based on my direct experience, and I have clarified everything with KPK investigators. The only attempted payoff I know about was when Rudi phoned me. As far as I know, there were no others. Nobody other than Rudi asked me for money.”

In the KPK document, Karen also revealed that Rudi had repeatedly asked her for money for other matters. She said Jero had also asked her for money for legislators’ “holiday bonuses”, known locally as THR, in 2012.

“Besides Rudi Rubiandini, other people requested money from Pertamina. They were Waryono Karno and Jero Wacik, who asked Pertamina directors Afdal Bahaudin and Hanung Budya for the holiday bonuses for House members in 2012,” Karen said in the document.

She added that the ministry had used the money to pay off members of the House’s budget committee.

“In exchange for approving the ministry’s state budget proposal, the budget committee members always requested a sum of money from the ministry. The ministry would ask for the money from state-owned enterprises that deal in the energy sector, including Pertamina, SKKMigas, downstream oil and gas regulator BPH Migas, gas distributor PT Perusahaan Gas Negara [PGN], coal miner PT Bukit Asam, electric company PT PLN and so on,” Karen said in the document.

In court, however, Karen denied her entire statement that she had given to the KPK.

Charges for VP, OJK chief loom


Rendi A. Witular and Haeril Halim, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Headlines | Wed, March 05 2014, 8:16 AM

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has concluded that malfeasance allegedly committed by former Bank Indonesia (BI) deputy governor Budi Mulya in the decision to bail out ailing Bank Century in 2008 also seemingly involved the then BI board of governors.

A KPK document on Budi’s indictment, a copy of which was recently obtained by The Jakarta Post, reveals that Budi and his “colleagues” allegedly misused their authority and caused state losses.

According to the indictment, slated to be read out at Budi’s first court hearing on Thursday, the alleged crime was committed “collectively” by then BI governor Boediono, now the vice president, BI senior deputy governor Miranda Goeltom and BI deputy governors Siti C. Fadjrijah, Budi Rochadi, Muliaman Hadad, Hartadi Sarwono and Ardhayadi Mitroatmodjo.

Muliaman is currently the chairman of the powerful Financial Service Authority (OJK). Miranda, Hartadi and Ardhayadi retired from their posts several years ago, while Budi Rochadi died on duty while visiting New York in July 2011. Siti had a stroke and is incapacitated.

“That is not the case. We should just hear [court proceedings],” said Muliaman on Tuesday when asked for his comment by the Post.

Other alleged accomplices in the case, according to the document, included former Bank Century shareholder Robert Tantular and president director Hermanus Muslim, and economist Raden Pardede, who was the then secretary of the Financial System Stability Committee (KSSK).

Apart from Budi Mulya, none have been declared suspects by the KPK. However, the agency usually defers prosecuting others until the court hands down a verdict on the first suspect.

KPK spokesman Johan Budi refused to comment on the matter.

However, he confirmed that the KPK had slapped “collective” charges on Budi and others, such as Siti Fadjrijah. “Until now, Budi is the only suspect. Siti will also be prosecuted, but her health has prevented us from questioning her,” Johan told the Post.

The KPK, according to the document, has charged Budi and “colleagues” with abusing their authority in channeling short-term financial assistance (FPJP) to keep Bank Century, now Bank Mutiara, afloat.

They are also charged with abuse of authority in categorizing Bank Century as a potentially failed bank that posed a systemic threat to the banking sector.

The indictment also alleges that Budi accepted Rp 1 billion (US$87,000) from Robert Tantular in August 2008, around four months before the bailout decision.

Budi’s prosecution and court hearing, less than 35 days prior to the legislative election, is the first in the attempt to uncover allegations that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s inner-circle profited from the bank’s bailout.

Politicians have accused the administration of misusing the bailout, worth a whopping Rp 6.7 trillion ($582 million), to finance Yudhoyono’s 2009 re-election bid.

The issue has since created a firestorm of political controversy, dogging the Yudhoyono administration with threats of impeachment by members of his ruling coalition.

In response to the document on the indictment, Budi’s lawyer, Luhut Pangaribuan, denied that there would be a stipulation on a “collective decision”.

“Pak Budi is not in a position to talk about it. He will explain to the court the decision behind the FPJP channeling and in determining the bank worthy to be categorized as a failed bank with a systemic risk.”

Under Law No. 3/2004 on the central bank, decisions made by the board of governors are made collectively, meaning that all members are required to bear the same responsibility for any decision made.

A case against Boediono and others for the alleged “collective” crime is not without precedent.

In 2009, the Supreme Court found former BI governor Burhanuddin Abdullah guilty and sentenced him to three years in prison for the misuse of Rp 100 billion in BI funds in 2004.

Burhanuddin had not been proven to have personally benefited from the misappropriation but was found guilty because he, along with the BI deputy governors, had approved the illegal fund disbursement.

Gadjah Mada University’s Corruption Study Center (PUKAT) director Zainal Arifin Mochtar said the decision by the KPK to charge Budi with “collective” crimes would paved the way to charge other individuals.

“There’s already a construction that this case will involve many more. Budi is just the entry point.”

Interest at play in the bailout decision (based on indictment document)

1. BI foundation YKK had Rp 83 billion deposited in Bank Century. If the bank collapsed, YKK would have lost all its money as the government’s guarantee program only covered deposits of less than Rp 2 billion.

2. Interests of the board of governors in YKK was evident as they received mortgages under the Baperum Multi Guna scheme.

3. The need to rescue Rp 2 trillion deposited by businessman Boedi Sampoerna.

Tassia Sipahutar and Hans David Tampubolon also contribute to the story

KPK joins high profile graft-case probe at ministry


Haeril Halim, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Mon, March 03 2014, 10:10 AM

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) announced it was now involved in a high-profile graft case implicating the son of a minister from the ruling Democratic Party.

Activists claimed the case had been stalled by the prosecutor’s office due to government interference.

“We are working hand-in-hand with the Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office to solve the case. We are expecting to have a case presentation together in the future,” KPK spokesman Johan Budi said on Sunday, referring to the stage of an investigation when investigators name suspects.

The graft case in question centers on the procurement of jumbotrons for multimedia digital advertisement (Videotron) at the Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry, which is headed by party executive chairman Syariefuddin “Syarief” Hasan.

Syarief’s son, Riefan Avran, owns PT Imaje Media, the company that won the Rp 23 billion (US$1.9 million) project at the ministry in 2012. The company is alleged to be bogus but thanks to the suspected influence of Syarief, it won the state project.

The decision by the KPK to join the Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office’s probe came amid mounting calls for the antigraft body to take over the case due to allegations that the prosecutor’s office had bowed to pressure from the
Democratic Party.

When asked about the possibility that the KPK would take over the case, Johan said “currently, we are working together to investigate the case”, future progress would determine how involved the KPK would be.

“The supervision is ongoing and I have not received any details regarding the progress of the case from either the KPK or the Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office,” Johan said.

Prosecutors have named three suspects in the case: Hasnawi Bachtiar, an official at the ministry; Kasiyadi, a member of the procurement committee at the ministry; and Hendra Saputra, an office boy at PT Imaje Media, who was listed as company executive director.

An audit conducted by the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) on May 3 last year found the project to be marred with irregularities, including the procurement of fictitious items and items that were below standard.

The head of the Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office, Adi Toegarisman, said that his office was still investigating Rievan’s role in the case, but “investigators would not name other suspects without strong evidence.”

“Be patient, the investigation is still ongoing,” he said recently.

The Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency (FITRA) doubted if the Jakarta Prosecutors’ Office would have the courage to name Rievan a suspect.

The antigraft watchdog also lambasted the prosecutor’s office for failing to summons Syarief, whose testimony it claimed was important for the investigation.

“Even if the prosecutor’s office finally resolved the case, its highest achievement will only be the prosecution of ‘small fish’, leaving the ‘big fish’ untouched because of their political power. The case should be given to the KPK,” said coordinator investigation of FITRA, Uchok Sky Khadafi.

The irregularities came to light after Democratic Party politician I Gede Pasek Suardika, supporter of ousted Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum, called on Syarief to step down from his post as minister to focus on the graft case that had implicated his son.

Pasek, who has been dismissed from his post at the House for being a loyalist of Anas, added that many of his fellow party members were involved in other graft cases.

“In terms of the number involved in the case, it is a lot. There is also the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry case. So, party members should focus on handling these cases,” Pasek said, referring to the ministry headed by another PD senior member Jero Wacik.