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JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) — Today, Indonesia’ Anti-graft Commission examine state-owned energy producer PT Pertamina’ CEO Nicke Widyawati as a witness for Riau-1 Steam Power Plant corruption case, for suspected Sofyan Basir, the CEO of other state-owned companies, PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN).

The commission’ spokesman Febri Diansyah said today’ examination was a rescheduling of the previous inspection plan on April 29. At that time, she did not fulfill the call on the grounds of being sick.

He noted, Widyawati would be examined in her capacity as a former director of commerce and risk management and director of corporate planning. Finally, she served as director of strategic procurement, before serving as Pertamina’ CEO.

The Anti-graft body briefly examined Widyawati in the same case on Sept. 17, 2018. At that time, she was a witness to the Vice Chairwoman of Commission VII at the House of Representatives Eni Maulani Saragih and former Golkar Party’ secretary general Idrus Marham.

After being examined, Widyawati said that she was questioned about his duties as PLN’ planning director by the investigator. The anti-graft thought Saragih and Marham had received a bribe of Rp4.75 billion (US$334,507.04) from the shareholders of Blackgold Natural Resources Johannes Budisutrisno Kotjo.

The panel of judges in the Jakarta corruption court has sentenced Saragih for six years in prison for being proven to have accepted the bribe. Saragih was instrumental in facilitating a meeting between Kotjo and Basir. While Marham, was also sentenced for three years in prison in the first court but was filing an appeal.

Previously, the agency has investigated three other PLN management as witnesses, namely corporate planning director Syofvi Felienfy Roekman, SVP legal corporate Dedeng Hidayat, also director of Maluku and Papua Region Ahmad Rofik. While the commission has examined 10 other witnesses for Basir’ involvement in the case.

Basir is a suspect for Riau-1 Steam Power Plant corruption case. Along with Marham and Saragih, Basir was allegedly receiving bribery from Blackgold’ shareholder Kotjo.

According to executive director of Center of Energy and Resources Indonesia Yusri Usman that other PLN’ management information is really important in investigating the case. Especially, he considered that its not possible for Basir to work alone.

The former CEO held several meetings with Soekotjo and Marham to smoothen the project, by inviting Widyawati and other director Iwan Supangkat.

“Basir’ statement as a suspect is highly expected. He must honestly acknowledge who are PLN directors involved from the planning stage to the execution using the scheme of cooperation with a subsidiary of PT PLN,” said Usman in official statement.

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