Jakarta: The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is set to probe former Golkar Party chairman Setya Novanto as a witness in an alleged bribery case related to the construction of Riau-1 coal-fired power plant.
"Setya Novanto will be questioned as witness for (PT PLN president director Sofyan Basir)," KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah told journalists on Tuesday.
Last week, KPK named Sofyan as the latest suspect in the alleged bribery case. During a press conference, KPK accused Sofyan of accepting a bribe from mining company Blackgold Natural Resources Limited in connection with the project.
"It is still too early. The process is still long," Sofyan said after his questioning last week.
"We will respect the legal process. I am confident that KPK is professional," he added.
In July 2018, KPK investigators arrested Golkar Party lawmaker Eni Maulani Saragih and Blackgold Natural Resources Limited boss Johannes Budi Sutrisno Kotjo in a sting operation in the capital city of Jakarta. A month later, KPK officials named former Golkar Party secretary general Idrus Marham as the third suspect in the alleged bribery case.
"KPK arrested EMS (House of Representatives legislator for 2014-2019) and JBK (private sector). The two are detained for 20 days starting today at East Jakarta Class I Detention Center KPK Branch," KPK said in a press release in July 2018.
"KPK has previously named EMS and JBK as suspects. After a 24-hour examination and case hearing, KPK concluded that EMS allegedly received kickback from JBK in relation to the PLTU Riau-1 development contract," it remarked.
Earlier this week, Idrus was sentenced to three years in prison and a fine of Rp150 million. Last month, Eni was sentenced to six years in prison and a fine of Rp200 million. In December 2018, Johannes Kotjo was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison an a fine of Rp150 million.