KPK Imposes Travel Ban on House Speaker's Wife Amid Continuing Graft Probe

Deisti Astriani Tagor, wife of Indonesia's House of Representatives speaker and graft suspect Setya Novanto. (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)

By : Alin Almanar | on 8:54 PM November 23, 2017
Category : News, Corruption

Jakarta. Indonesia's Immigration Office has imposed a six-month travel ban on Deisti Astriani Tagor, wife of House of Representatives speaker and one of the main suspects in the million-dollar e-KTP graft case, Setya Novanto, officials said on Thursday (23/11).

Deisti is now being treated as a witness in the case. She has already been summoned by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for questioning several times.

Deisti has been prevented from traveling abroad since Tuesday after the KPK requested the ban from the Immigration Office, KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said.

"We need her testimonies as a witness in this case," Febri told reporters. "We don't want her to be away overseas when we need to question her again."

Immigration Office spokesman Agung Sampurno said his staff received the KPK request on Tuesday.

"We've already put her [Deisti's] name in our system," Agung said.

Febri said Deisti will also be asked for her testimonies on another e-KTP graft suspect, Anang Sudihardjo, the president director of Quadra Solution — part of the consortium that won the e-KTP contract.

Anang was also named as a suspect in the case last month and has been put under KPK detention since earlier this month.

The Rp 5.9 trillion ($436 million) e-KTP project resulted in a total of Rp 2.3 trillion in state losses.

House speaker Setya was named a suspect in the case for the second time earlier this month and was finally put under KPK detention on Sunday after months of ignoring the antigraft agency's summons.

He has also been prevented from traveling abroad. Last month, the KPK extended his travel ban for another six months.

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