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Jakarta Post

Anas may spill the beans on Century scandal

  • Bagus BT Saragih and Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 27 2013   /  11:07 am

Graft suspect and former Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum will likely testify before a legislative inquiry into the Bank Century bailout, in a move that could be seen as retaliation against his political opponents.

The move could revive lawmakers’ hopes of garnering support for a no-confidence motion against Vice President Boediono, who was the Bank Indonesia governor when the Rp 6.7 trillion (US$696.8 million) bailout was disbursed to Bank Century (now Bank Mutiara) in 2008.

It could also shed light on allegations that the bailout, which has been deemed illegal by the House of Representatives, was part of a clandestine scheme to channel the government funds to help finance the Democratic Party’s legislative election and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s reelection bid in 2009.

Hendrawan Supratikno, a member of the House-sanctioned monitoring comm...