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More politicians linked to major graft cases

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 3, 2013   /  10:49 am
More politicians linked to major graft cases ( JP/Wendra Ajistyatama) ( JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

( JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it would follow up on the fresh allegations leveled by former House of Representatives budgetary committee member, and graft convict, Muhammad Nazaruddin against his former colleagues at the House.

The antigraft body conducted a marathon questioning session, which lasted from Wednesday to Friday, with the graft convict. Nazaruddin claimed to have submitted evidence during the lengthy process that backed up his allegations against top politicians from major political parties, including the Golkar Party and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

KPK spokesperson Johan Budi said the antigraft body would have to validate the documents that Nazaruddin submitted to the KPK, which focused on several House members accused of receiving kickbacks from 12 government-run projects worth around Rp 6 trillion (US$583.37 million).

'€œOf course we will determine whether they are valid or not,'€ Johan said on Friday.

On Wednesday, Nazaruddin claimed that he had revealed to the KPK that some House members '€” including senior Golkar lawmaker and treasurer Setya Novanto as well as budget committee deputy chairman and PDI-P treasurer Olly Dondokambey '€” had dirtied their hands by skimming off money from various government projects.

The projects include the construction of the Constitutional Court building and the procurement of security guard uniforms at the Home Ministry.

All of them denied the allegations.

'€œI did not merely report the cases, I also submitted all the evidence to the KPK,'€ Nazaruddin said after being questioned by the KPK on Friday over his money laundering charges.

He added that a House deputy speaker was also involved in the graft cases, without identifying the individual.

Nazaruddin also said he was actively involved in the projects and had met with Olly several times. '€œI met him at the tax directorate general office,'€ he said. '€œI also met him at Plaza Senayan mall.'€

Nazaruddin turned whistle blower for a number of graft cases, including the scandals surrounding the Hambalang sports complex and the driving simulator project.

He was the first to point the finger at former Democratic Party (PD) chairman Anas Urbaningrum in the Hambalang case and accused Anas of receiving bribes from construction firm PT Adhi Karya. Anas was later named a suspect by the KPK for accepting bribe money in the Hambalang case.

Among the graft-riddled projects reported by Nazaruddin were

'€¢ The electronic identity card (e-KTP) project worth Rp 5.8 trillion. Nazaruddin claimed that Setya, Anas and former members at the House'€™s Commission II overseeing internal state affairs were involved in the project, with a budget markup of 45 percent.

'€¢ The procurement of Merpati MA-60 aircraft worth US$200 million. The budget of the bogus project was channeled to Setya and Olly, as well as some other House members, Nazaruddin alleged.

'€¢ The construction of the tax office building worth Rp 2.7 trillion. Nazaruddin said the project, which was won by state-owned construction company PT Adhi Karya, was engineered by the House'€™s budget committee and the tax directorate general during 2007 to 2009

'€¢ The East Kalimantan coal-fired power station project worth Rp 2.3 trillion from 2010 to 2011. The project tender was also won by PT Adhi Karya.

'€¢ The Riau coal-fired power station worth Rp 1.3 trillion.

'€¢ The Constitutional Court building construction project worth Rp 300 billion. Nazaruddin said 7% of the budget was channeled to certain House lawmakers.

'€¢ The oil and gas refinery unit project in Cilacap worth $930 million.

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