Gamawan All Smiles as Nazaruddin Named Defamation Suspect
Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi expressed satisfaction on Thursday that the defamation suit he filed against Muhammad Nazaruddin had resulted in the graft convict being named a suspect.
“Nazar [Nazaruddin] has been named a suspect by the police,” he told reporters with a smile. “Go write about it.”
Gamawan filed a report to the Jakarta Police against Nazaruddin in late August over the latter’s allegations that the minister received a kickback from the electronic identity card contract, commonly known as the e-KTP.
The report was filed after Nazaruddin’s attorney submitted a flow chart to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) identifying 15 lawmakers who allegedly received $500,000 in kickbacks from the e-KTP project.
Gamawan’s name was included on a separate list and did not stipulate the amount Gamawan was alleged to have received.
The Home Affairs Minister has denied consistently the accusation that he received any kickback.
Jakarta Police Spokesman Sr. Cmr. Rikwanto confirmed on Tuesday that the Jakarta Police had named Nazaruddin as a suspect in the defamation case, adding that police had sent a summons letter to Sukamiskin penitentiary in Bandung, West Java, where Nazaruddin is a guest of the state.
“The investigators sent a letter of summons to Nazaruddin last week. His status is a suspect,” Rikwanto said. ”He has been summoned to appear [in the next week].
“Whether he can come or not, we’ll see.”
Gamawan sought to emphasize that he felt this was a step toward vindication.
“Corruption eradication is great and must be supported,” the minister said. ”But it must not include such irresponsible libel.
“This is a lesson so that you cannot just accuse people all you want. There must be facts and evidence. If it is based only on words, our country will suffer.”