Jakarta: The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) once again summoned Pertamina president director Nicke Widyawati as a witness in an alleged bribery case involving former PT PLN president director Sofyan Basir.
According to reports, the anti-corruption watchdog initially planned to question the former PT PLN official last month. However, Nicke failed to answer KPK's summons due to her busy schedule.
"She failed to answer our summons on May 28. She was abroad at the time," KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah told the press on Monday.
"She is scheduled to be questioned today. She is going to be probed as a witness," the KPK spokesman added.
In early May, Sofyan was named as a suspect in the alleged bribery case related to the construction of Riau-1 coal-fired power plant. According to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), he allegedly accepted a bribe from mining company Blackgold Natural Resources Limited in connection with the project.
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 announced 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," the anti-corruption watchdog 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 added.
In April, Idrus was sentenced to three years in prison and a fine of Rp150 million. A month earlier, 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.