Freeport reveals allegations of corruption against Indonesian speaker

Indonesian parliamentary speaker is under pressure to resign after he was recorded demanding company shares in exchange for his support for a mining operation.

Yesterday the head of the Indonesian arm of US miner Freeport-McMoRan gave damning evidence about speaker Setya Novanto’s alleged attempt to extort the company.

Freeport Indonesia president director Maroef Sjamsuddin said he decided to record a June meeting between himself and the speaker out of suspicion about his motives.

Sjamsuddin recorded the conversation on his phone and handed it in to company officials to "show my integrity and transparency" before it was delivered to the government.

Novanto has denied accusations that he wanted Freeport shares to give his consent to the extension of mining licences in Indonesia.

Energy minister Sudirman Said filed a report against Novanto with the ethics violations board, which triggered the present parliamentary probe.

Freeport’s contract with the Indonesian government for its gold and copper mines in Papua is due to expire in 2021.

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