Setya Novanto in Orange Vest as Cerdict on Corruption Case - Photo: Special

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian former house speaker Setya Novanto faces 15 years detained after the Jakarta Corruption Court judges makes the decision on Tuesday (24/04). The court also revoked Novanto’s political rights for five years time.

Furthermore, the court also ordered him to pay Rp1 billion in fines and returns the money of corruption with worth of Rp2 trillion (US$144.92 million) of the total amount Rp5.9 trillion.

The ruling said Novanto enriched himself by abusing the authority and opportunities available to him because of his political position. The former speakers has been detained by the Corruption Eradication Commission for questioning over a major scandal involving US$170 million of stolen state funds from national electronic identity card project (e-KTP), after several attempts to evade court proceedings.

Prosecutors said Novanto was among about 80 officials and several companies who used the introduction of a $440 million electronic identity card system in 2011 and 2012 to steal more than a third of the funds.

The anti-graft body also rejected Novanto’s request for justice collaborator status, as the commission argued that Novanto had not provided significant information related to the case.

Novanto was a chairman of Golongan Karya, the largest political party in the country, who also endorse President Joko Widodo’s second run for presidential election in 2019.

Novanto has been implicated in a number of corruption cases since 1999 but has never been charged. In 2015, Novanto was accused of trying to extort $1.8 billion in shares from U.S mining giant Freeport McMoran Inc. in exchange for allowing it to continue operating in West Papua Province and was subsequently forced to resign as Speaker later that year.

He retained his position as an MP and was reinstated as Speaker less than a year later.