Nurhayati to face trial on Wednesday
Wa Ode Nurhayati: Former House of Representatives budget committee member. (Antara/Reno Esnir)
Former House of Representatives budget committee member Wa Ode Nurhayati is set to face trial for bribery at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Wednesday.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named Nurhayati in a bribery case surrounding the deliberations of the 2011 Regional Infrastructure Adjustment Fund (DPID).
“Yes, Nurhayati’s first hearing will be tomorrow [Wednesday] at the Jakarta Corruption Court,” KPK spokesman Johan Budi said on Tuesday.
Nurhayati is suspected of accepting Rp 6 billion (US$636,000) in kickbacks from businessman Fahd A. Rafiq — also a suspect — to facilitate the DPID disbursement in three areas in Aceh, namely Pidie, Benar Meriah and Aceh Besar.
The money received by Nurhayati was allegedly provided by Haris Suharman, who reportedly paid it through Nurhayati’s personal assistant, Sefa Yolanda.
The KPK has also declared Fahd a suspect in the case and imposed travel bans on Sefa Yolanda and Haris Suharman.
Nurhayati has repeatedly maintained her innocence, saying she lacked the authority to allocate funds for projects.
The DPID is suspected to have been abused by politicians to coax businessmen into paying bribes in return for project contracts.
In April, in the latest development of the case, the KPK also named Nurhayati a money laundering suspect after the KPK discovered dubious transactions worth more than Rp 10 billion. (mtq)