Setya Novanto, the speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives, in Jakarta last month.
Freeport Indonesia CEO: The Speaker of the House Asked for a 20% Stake!
 

Jakarta. The chief executive of mining giant
Freeport Indonesia has confirmed allegations that the speaker of the
House attempted to shake him down for a 20 percent stake in the company,
in what is shaping up to be the biggest corruption scandal in
Indonesian history.
Maroef Sjamsoeddin made the statement during his sworn testimony
on Thursday before an ethics tribunal convened by the House of
Representatives into allegations that House Speaker Setya Novanto
demanded that 20 percent of shares in copper and gold miner Freeport
Indonesia – valued at an estimated $4 billion – be divested through him
and prominent oilman Muhammad Riza Chalid
“The speaker of the House and his associate, Riza Chalid, asked for a 20 percent stake [in Freeport Indonesia],” he said. 
“I
reported this to our principal,” he added, referring to Arizona-based
parent company Freeport-McMoRan founder and chairman James R. Moffett.

Maroef, a former deputy chief of the State Intelligence Agency
(BIN), said Setya had sought him out ever since he became chief
executive of Freeport Indonesia in January this year, but added he did
not know why until later. He said that when it became apparent at the
meeting what Setya and Riza were driving at, he tried to nip it in the
bud.

“I tried to stop it. I said ‘Thank you for your time’ because it
was getting out of hand. It was inappropriate for the speaker of the
House and a businessman to be speaking like that,” Maroef said.

“I took the initiative to record [the conversation with Setya and
Riza],” he added as quoted by Kompas. “I was worried because I was on
my own, while Setya was with Riza.”

He said that the recording, which was played before the tribunal
on Wednesday evening and broadcast live on television, was authentic. “I
didn’t cut out any part of the recording. What we talked about and what
you heard last night are exactly the same.”

Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said last month
submitted a portion of the recording and a transcript to the House
Ethics Council, alleging that Setya had attempted to have the stake in
Freeport Indonesia divested through him and Riza, and claiming that
President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla would be the final
recipients.

Kalla, who has denied any role in the alleged shakedown, on Thursday lashed out at what he called Setya’s “greed” and “corruption.”