Haeril Halim, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Tue, January 07 2014, 10:10 AM
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned a member of the Democratic Party’s (PD) board of patrons on Monday in its ongoing investigation of the money trail that flowed from the graft-ridden Hambalang sports complex project to the party’s 2010 congress in Bandung.
KPK prosecutors have accused former Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum of having received Rp 2.2 billion (US$180,400) from PT Adhi Karya, the company that won the Hambalang project, to finance his successful bid to chair the party.
Member of the party’s board of patrons Suaidi Marasabessy said that KPK prosecutors asked him about money and smartphones that were allegedly distributed by Anas’ campaign to a number of party cadres at that congress. “The questioning was to clarify statements from TB Silalahi,” Suaidi told reporters at the KPK headquarters on Monday, referring to the Democratic Party’s ethics council and advisor to President Susilo Bambang Yudhyono, the party’s chairman.
On Dec. 11, the KPK questioned Silalahi over a claim that the party’s congress was rife with bribery. Silalahi handed over the results of the party’s internal probe into the allegations to the KPK after his questioning.
“We questioned them [former leaders of the party’s regional executive board] and then we prepared our report. After we finished [the report], we submitted it to the KPK,” he told reporters.
Silalahi said he had previously summoned members of the party’s regional and local branches to gather information on claims that former party chairman Anas Urbaningrum had bribed congress participants to choose him over former youth and sports minister Andi Alfian Mallarangeng and House of Representatives Speaker Marzuki Alie in the race for the party’s chairmanship.
Suaidi refused to disclose the amount of the bribes accepted by congress participants.
“I have no authority to talk about it here, please ask the KPK about it as it has the authority to comment on the things that were written in the questioning dossier,” he added.
He also said that KPK prosecutors did not ask him about whether or not the money was from contractor Adhi Karya.
Anas, who was also charged with accepting a Toyota Harrier as a thank-you gift from Adhi Karya in February 2013, was scheduled for questioning on Tuesday. The KPK will reportedly detain Anas following the questioning.
A Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) report in August 2013 revealed that the Hambalang project, which grew from a modest Rp 125 billion single-year project into a multi-year project worth Rp 2.5 trillion, had resulted in state losses of Rp 463.6 billion.