Suara.com – Former Minister of Communication and Information, Jhonny G Plate, feels wronged by the demands of the Public Prosecutor (JPU) who said that he enjoyed the money from the BTS 4G Bakti Kominfo corruption.
He made this statement when reading a defense note during the trial at the Corruption Crime Court in Newsdelivers.com, Wednesday (1/11/2023).
“When the Public Prosecutor read out the demands which said that I had been enriched by IDR 17,848,308,000, I really felt oppressed and treated arbitrarily and very unfairly by the Public Prosecutor,” said Plate.
According to him, the demands made by the prosecutor cannot be separated from the testimony of witnesses who want to disassociate themselves from the BTS 4G corruption case.
“This cannot be separated from the fact that all of these accusations are based on the statements of witnesses who are looking for safety, namely people who have admitted to having received these funds. So that they themselves are not made suspects, they do not hesitate during the trial to provide information or more “To be precise, slandering me by throwing all the blame at me and making me into a trash basket of mistakes. I don’t know where the source of the funds came from,” he said.
Plate further gave a number of objections, including the issue of Rp. 500 million every month. He denied ever asking former BAKTI Main Director Anang Achmad Latif to provide the money.
Then, regarding official travel when he was a minister to European countries and America, he said it was funded by the state budget or official sources.
“I was not aware that there was a shortfall in hotel costs for these visits and that it was financed by an inappropriate third party. The total shortfall in hotel costs amounting to IDR 1,478,308,000.00 was never discussed with me before, during or after the official trip. “I never asked, was never informed and never knew about the lack of fees for the hotel,” he said.
“If there is a budget shortfall, the staff and visiting participants do not have to stay in the same hotel as the Minister or it is adjusted to the available budget. I once asked to stay at a certain hotel in Los Angeles but in fact we did not stay at that hotel but at another hotel, ” he continued.
As previously reported, Plate was sentenced to 15 years in prison and a fine of IDR 1 billion, subsidiary to one year in prison. Then he also had to pay a replacement fee of IDR 17.8 billion subsidiary to 7 years and 6 months in prison.
In the prosecutor’s indictment, Plate was said to have received IDR 17.8 billion in the corruption case of BTS 4G and supporting infrastructure packages 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Bakti Kominfo. Meanwhile, former Managing Director of Bakti Kominfo Anang Achmad Latifn was charged with receiving IDR 5 billion. Meanwhile, HUDEV UI expert Yohan Suryanto was charged with receiving money worth IDR 453 million or IDR 453,608,400.
Then the Home Fiber Consortium PT. Telkominfra PT. Multi Trans Data (PT.MTD) for packages 1 and 2 amounting to IDR 2.9 trillion. Lintas Arta, Huawei and SEI consortium for Package 3, amounting to IDR 1.5 trillion.
IBS and ZTE Consortium Packages 4, 5, amounting to IDR 3.5 trillion. As a result, the prosecutor said they caused state financial losses worth IDR 8 trillion.