KPK claims it has summoned ex-health minister

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has summoned former health minister Siti Fadilah Supari for her alleged role in a case of graft, its lawyer Indah Oktianti said.

“We have summoned her,” Indah said after attending a pretrial session at the South Jakarta district court on Monday.

Supari has filed a pretrial suit with the district court against the KPKs decision naming her a suspect in the alleged case of corruption in procurement of health devices.

Indah did not divulge how many times the KPK has summoned Supari. “Tomorrow (Tuesday), we will explain it,” she added.

In the pretrial session, Suparis team of lawyers said their client had never been questioned as a witness in this case.

“Ever since her term of office as health minister came to an end in 2009, she never received any summons as a suspect. Neither has she been questioned as a witness,” Achmad Cholidin, Suparis lawyer, pointed out.

Cholidin underlined that Supari was also not aware of the charge leveled against her. “She does not know what charge the KPK has leveled against her. She also does not know where and when the alleged corruption happened and who is said to be have bribed her as the KPK has never questioned her,” he reiterated.

Supari registered the pretrial suit with the district court on Sept 9.

The anti-graft body has named Supari as a suspect in two alleged cases of corruption that occurred since May 2015.

She was charged with violating article 2 paragraph 1 or article 3 read in conjunction with article 15 of the Anti-Corruption Law and in conjunction with article 56 paragraph 2 of the Penal Code concerning violation of law, abuse of power and a chance inherent to her because of her office that led to state accruing losses, and she enriching herself.

If found guilty, she could be sentenced for up to 20 years in jail and fined up to Rp1 billion.(*)