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Jakarta Post

Amien Rais ready to explain Rp 600m from Soetrisno Bachir

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 2, 2017   /   11:51 am
Amien Rais ready to explain Rp 600m from Soetrisno Bachir Staying firm: Former National Mandate Party chairman Amien Rais (center), who was also Indonesia’s reform leader, attends an event to mark the 19th anniversary of the Reform Era at Indonesia’s second largest Islam organization Muhammadiyah’s central executive board office in Central Jakarta on May 20. (Antara/Reno Esnir)

National Mandate Party (PAN) patron Amien Rais has said he is ready to provide clarification in relation to Rp 600 million (US$ 45,089.10) he reportedly received from the Soetrisno Bachir Foundation, as revealed by Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutor Ali Fikri during the graft trial of former health minister Siti Fadilah Supari at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Wednesday.

Amien further said he had contacted his secretary to check the prosecutor’s statement on funds reportedly flowing to his bank account from Jan.15, 2007, to Aug.13, 2007.

Speaking in a press conference at his residence in Gandaria, South Jakarta, on Friday, Amien said he would visit the KPK on Monday to explain the Rp 600 million he reportedly received in six installments in 2007.

"Because the event happened 10 years ago, I needed to refresh my memory. At that time, Soetrisno Bachir told me he would provide funds to support my operational duties," said the former chairman of Indonesia’s second largest Islam organization, Muhammadiyah. 

Amien further said he remembered Soetrisno as a successful entrepreneur who often helped him with social or religious events. Amien said he had once asked Soetrisno why he was willing to give support for his various activities. 

"He just said: ‘I was ordered by my mother to help you'," said Amien, who went on to say he was ready to answer all questions related to the alleged flow of funds. (mrc/ebf)