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Hidayat, Nurdin named in
bribery case

The bribery case that marked the election of Bank Indonesia senior deputy governor in 2004 took a new twist on Tuesday as former Golkar Party lawmaker Hamka Yandhu named Industry Minister Mohammad S. Hidayat and national soccer boss Nurdin Halid as recipients of the alleged bribe.

Hamka, a defendant in the bribery case, told the Corruption Court he gave the money to Nurdin and Hidayat, then Golkar lawmakers, in cash. Hamka added his Golkar colleagues should have received 10 traveler’s checks worth Rp 50 million each.

“I gave the money to Nurdin Halid in cash upon his request,” Hamka said in response to a question from Corruption Eradication Commission prosecutor Siswanto.

Hamka said Hidayat was entitled to the money in his capacity as the Golkar secretary at the House of Representatives.

“MS Hidayat [was given the money] based on an order from Paskah [Suzetta],” Hamka said, referring to then deputy chairman of the House’s Commission IX on finance. Paskah, former national development planning minister, has denied allegations that he took bribes.
 
Hamka, who was convicted in two other graft cases, is charged with receiving and distributing bribe money in the form of 45 traveler’s checks after the House finance commission elected Miranda S. Goeltom the BI senior deputy governor.

The Corruption Court is also hearing three other former lawmakers in connection with the case.

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