PT Smelting Indonesia Director Prihadi Santoso revealed that he was being questioned by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) regarding his involvement in the Riau-1 PLTU project. He revealed this after being examined as a witness for Idrus Marham related to the bribery case for the Riau PLTU-1 project development Wednesday (12/9).
"Excavated, there is no connection with PLTU Riau-1, but there is no connection," he said.
Prihadi admitted that he was often invited to the House of Representatives Commission VII to discuss the downstream issues as stated in Law No. 4 of 2009. Through the discussion of the downstreaming, Prihadi said he, as the Director of PT Smelting Indonesia, met with Eni Maulani Saragih, a suspect in the Riau-1 PLTU case.
However, Prihadi said he did not know the boss of Blackgold Natural Resources Limited Johannes Budisutrisno Kotjo and the Managing Director of PLN Sofyan Basir. "I never knew, never met," he said.
Last Wednesday, the KPK also examined Eni as a witness to another suspect in this case as well as former social minister Idrus Marham. In the examination, Eni said, the KPK had explored her meeting with PT PLN President Director Sofyan Basir and shareholder Blackgold Natural Recourses Limited Johannes B Kotjo.
"Just about that. If I have a new development I will definitely say. This is Mr. Kotjo, so the meeting will be a matter about that, "Eni said.
KPK's Head of Public Relations, Febri Diansyah, revealed that investigators investigated more in the process of the Riau-1 PLTU project agreement targeted in July 2018 to the flow of funds. "That we need further clarification. So we keep sharpening the information from the inspection process, "Febri said.
Besides Prihadi and Eni, investigators also examined PT Smelting Indonesia Director Prihadi Santoso and Maluku and Papua Regional Business Director PT PLN (Persero) Ahmad Rofiq. Both of them were questioned to suspect Idrus Marham and Eni Saragih.
In this case, the KPK named three suspects. The three suspects included Deputy Chairman of Commission VII Eni Maulani Saragih, boss of Blackgold Natural Resources Limited Johannes Budisutrisno Kotjo and most recently Idrus Marham.
The KPK is currently also tracking the role of Idrus who is suspected of knowing and contributing to the receipt of money by Eni Saragih. Allegedly, the money was channeled by Johannes Budisutrisno Kotjo as the owner of BNR shares which occurred around November-December 2017 amounting to Rp 4 billion and March-June 2018 around Rp 2.25 billion.
The former Acting Director General of Golkar also allegedly played a role in pushing for the signing of the Purchase Power Agreement (PPA) in the Riau-1 PLTU construction project. In addition, Idrus is also alleged to have received a promise to get the same share of Eni's quota of 1.5 million US dollars promised by Johannes if the PPA of Riau 1 PLTU Project was successfully implemented by Johannes and his friends.
The project has been temporarily suspended after the alleged bribery case emerged.
In the investigation of the initial case which had been carried out since 14 July 2018 to this day, investigators had examined at least 28 witnesses. For his actions, Idrus allegedly violated Article 12 letter a or Article 12 letter b or Article 11 Law Number 31 Year 1999 as amended by Law Number 20 Year 2001 concerning Eradication of Corruption Crimes Juncta Article 55 Paragraph (1) 1st of the Criminal Code or Article 56 of the KUHPJuncto Article 64 paragraph (1) of the Criminal Code.