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Jakarta Post

East Kutai regent grilled over Anas'€™ case

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 19, 2014   /  07:53 am

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned East Kutai Regent Isran Noor of the Democratic Party on Thursday in relation to its investigation into a 10,000-hectare coal mine in the regency, believed to be tied to the money laundering activities of Anas Urbaningrum

Speaking after the questioning, Isran said the investigators had asked him about the coal mining permit issued by his administration. He said the mining company, PT Arina Kotajaya, had nothing to do with Anas, the former chairman of the Democratic Party.

'€œFrom the documents I have read, I have never seen Anas'€™ name. The only names I recall are Saripah and Fauziah, not Anas,'€ he said.

The link between Anas and the two names on the mining permit is still unclear.

When asked about his ownership of the coal mining, Anas said: '€œThere is no such thing.'€

Anas was named a suspect in the graft-ridden Hambalang sports complex project in West Java for allegedly accepting a Toyota Harrier sedan from the construction firm that won the tender.

KPK investigators also accused Anas of accepting Rp 2.2 billion (US$192,580) from the same company to fund his campaign during the Democratic Party'€™s congress in 2010, during which he was elected chairman. Later, the KPK charged him with money laundering.

Anas was accused of violating multiple articles of the 2010 and 2003 money laundering laws, which combined carry a maximum 20 years'€™ imprisonment.

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