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Businessman killed in Los Angeles had been due to give evidence against politicians in graft case.
Anti-corruption investigators are waiting to hear from U.S. police about the death of a key witness, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.
Businessman Johannes Marliem was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head at his home in Los Angeles on Thursday.
He was a witness in a multi-million-dollar corruption case involving senior politicians, including Parliamentary Speaker Setya Novanto, who also leads Indonesia’s second-biggest political party Golkar.
“The party that has the right to decide is the U.S. police,” he said. “We are waiting for information from them.”
Marliem was the director of Biomorf, a U.S.-based biometrics company, that was awarded the contract to supply an automated fingerprint system for a national electronic ID card program launched in 2011.
According to investigators, around half of the project’s 5.8 trillion Indonesian rupiah ($434 million) budget was divided between 37 suspects, including Novanto and 23 other members of the House of Representatives.
Fear for life
The scam is said to have cost the state around $190 million in losses.
He was temporarily forced to step down over corruption allegations in 2015 after he was heard seeking a $4 billion payment from a U.S. mining company.
Alongside Novanto, two former high-ranking members of the then ruling Democratic Party, Anas Urbaningrum and Muhammad Nazaruddin, have also been named as key suspects in the case. It is believed they may have influenced lawmakers to pass the project’s budget.
Days before his death, Marliem had told the Kontan newspaper that he feared for his life. “I do not want to be published as a witness,” he said. “It could be my life is now threatened.”
In the interview, Marliem also denied having given bribes to Sugiharto.