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KPK questions lawmakers,
BI officials

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned lawmakers and BI officials Wednesday in relation to the misappropriation of BI funds worth Rp 100 billion (US$10.81 million).

Lawmakers Anthony Zeidra Abidin and Hamka Yamdhu, as well as Bank Indonesia officials Oey Hoey Tiong and Rusli Simanjutak were questioned.

Active House of Representatives member Hamka Yamdhu arrived at the KPK's office at 9:45 a.m. for his second questioning session, while his colleague Anthony, incumbent Jambi Deputy Governor, arrived three and a half hours later.

Hamka had failed to appear last Friday as scheduled, without informing the anti-graft body.

KPK spokesman Johan Budi said the KPK was questioning Hamka and Anthony as witnesses in the case.

"Their information will be helpful in developing our case," he said, adding that he could not elaborate on what kind of questions the KPK asked both witnesses.

Later in the day, KPK investigators conducted a reenactment at Anthony's house in Gandaria, South Jakarta at about 8 p.m., Antara reported. Anthony and Hamka were present during the reenactment.

Hamka and Anthony are former members of the House's Commission IX (now Commission XI) overseeing financial affairs. They allegedly accepted misappropriated funds from BI officials.

Of the Rp 100 billion in question, Rp 68.5 billion was used to hire lawyers for resolution of the Bank Indonesia Liquidity Support (BLBI) case while Rp 31.5 billion was allegedly given to several lawmakers during the amendment of the law on finance.

A report from the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) indicated more than 10 active and former lawmakers were implicated in the graft case.

Also on Wednesday, the anti-graft body questioned two suspects, BI legal affairs director Oey and former BI communication bureau (now head of the central bank in Surabaya) Rusli.

Rusli arrived at the KPK's office at 8:15 a.m. while Oey appeared at 9:58 a.m. The KPK has detained both of them since Feb. 14.

"We also plan to summon BI Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah Thursday as a witness for Oey Hoey Tiong concerning the latter's involvement in the case," Johan Budi said.

The KPK issued a travel ban on Feb. 15 for Anthony and other active and former BI officials, including former BI governors Soedrajad Djiwandono and Syahril Sabirin and BI former deputy governor Aulia Pohan.

The anti-graft body issued a similar travel ban on Feb. 25 for Hamka. (ewd)

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