Graft suspect wants Megawati to testify

Joko Widodo (L), mayor of Solo city in the Central Java province and challenger to the Jakarta governor position, walks beside former Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri (C) and People's Consultative Assembly Chairman Taufik Kiemas (R), at Megawati's house in Jakarta in this September 20, 2012 file photo.

Former secretary general at the Foreign Ministry Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat has asked the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to allow former president Megawati Soekarnoputri to testify as a witness in a graft case that has implicated him.

Sudjadnan said that a number of his supporters had contacted Megawati and asked her to be a defence witness.

"I just want her to explain how someone like me could become a victim," Sudjadnan said as quoted by tribunnews.com.

The anti-graft body has declared Sudjadnan a graft suspect in relation to the organising of international conferences in 2004 and 2005, which resulted in Rp 18 billion (S$1.86 million) in state losses.

In January, former vice president Jusuf Kalla appeared at the KPK headquarters at the request of Sudjadnan to testify on his behalf.

Kalla said he knew how inter-country conferences organised by Sudjadnan, who is also a former Indonesian ambassador to the US, had benefited the country.