Jakarta. Former House of Representatives Speaker Marzuki Alie on Monday (08/01) denied complicity in a high-profile graft case related to electronic identity cards, or e-KTP, in which his successor, Setya Novanto, has been charged.
In 2011, when the Rp 5.9 trillion ($436 million) e-KTP project was introduced, Marzuki led the House, while Setya chaired its Golkar Party faction.
Antigraft investigators on Monday questioned Marzuki, who testified against Anang Sudihardjo, one of two businessmen implicated in the case. Anang was the president director of Quadra Solution, which was part of the consortium that won the e-KTP procurement contract.
Former officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Irman and Sugiharto, are also implicated in the case, which resulted in Rp 2.3 trillion in state losses.
Coming out of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters in Jakarta, Marzuki told reporters he was not acquainted with the businessmen and former officials.
"There was nothing I could testify about, because I was never involved in the project," the Democratic Party politician said, adding that as House speaker he did not know about the graft, as there was "nothing extraordinary" in the project's budgeting.
"The House speaker would have known about the case if there was a dispute among members over the budgeting. If there was no such dispute, there would be no report to the speaker," Marzuki said.
According to him, the one who approved the budget for the project during a House plenary meeting was one of his deputies.
Marzuki "would have received Rp 20 billion" from the project, according to KPK prosecutors' indictment against Irman and Sugiharto. It remains unclear whether the transaction took place.
Antigraft investigators also questioned Djamal Aziz, former chairman of the People's Conscience Party (Hanura) faction at the House.
Djamal denied any wrongdoing.
"I was no longer at [House] Commission II [which oversees home affairs], and the last meeting [of the commission] in which I participated was on May 5, 2010 ... the e-KTP [project was discussed by the commission] in 2011-12," he said, as quoted by Suara Pembaruan.
Djamal is accused of receiving $37,000 in kickbacks.