Key Witness in e-KTP Corruption Commits Suicide

Sunday, 13 August 2017 , 09:00:00 WIB -

House of Representatives member Melchias Marcus Mekeng (left) is seen leaving Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters in Jakarta, Thursday (10/8). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The electronic resident identity card (e-KTP) corruption has gotten more complicated with the death of key witness Johannes Marliem in Los Angeles, US, allegedly by suicide.

Marliem is said to have shot himself.

CBS Los Angeles reported on Friday (11/8) that the Beverly Grove area, Los Angeles, had been temporary closed at 17.00, local time. Local media even reported that all the area around Melrose and Cresent Heights was temporary closed.

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Chairman, Agus Rahardjo, has confirmed Merliem’s death and said KPK will continue to follow updates on the incident. "We obtained the news yesterday. We are now seeking clarification on the news," Agus said.

Merliam was the provider for the L-1 brand automated finger print identification system (AFIS) that was used in the e-KTP project.

Meanwhile, KPK Chief of Public Relations, Febri Diansyah, said she could only confirm Johannes Marliem’s death without providing more details.

"I received info that Johannes has died. We have not acquired detailed information yet as the incident occurred in the US. An investigation is taking place. We will obtain more details from local law enforcers," Febri said. (dtc/mag)