Nazaruddin discloses Anas’ alleged dirty assets


Haeril Halim, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Mon, March 17 2014, 10:51 AM

Graft convict and former Democratic Party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin has alleged that former party chairman Anas Urbaningrum owns a number of illicit assets across the country.

Speaking at Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters on Friday after being questioned on Anas’ alleged money laundering activities, Nazaruddin said one of the illicit assets owned by his former boss was a hotel in Bali.

“The hotel is owned by Anas and a legislator at the House of Representatives,” Nazar said without disclosing the legislator’s identity.

Nazaruddin added that Anas also owned a mining company, PT Panahatan, in Riau.

Meanwhile, Anas, who was also questioned on Friday, denied all allegations laid against him and said he could only dream about owning such assets.

“There are lots of hotels in Bali,[…] hopefully in 20 or 30 years later I can own one myself,” he added.

According to data from the Directorate General of Law Administration of the Law and Human Rights Ministry, PT Panahatan was established in 1998 in Bengkalis regency, Riau province.

The company focuses on a number of sectors, including agriculture, husbandry, construction, mining and real estate.

In 2008, it received a capital injection of Rp 100 billion (US$8.8 million) from its initial capital of only Rp 1 billion. According to the data from the ministry, Anas and Nazaruddin each have a 35 percent share in the company, while Muhammad Nasir, Nazaruddin’s younger brother has a 30 percent share.

Nazaruddin denied that he had a share in the company, adding that Anas had full ownership of the company and that he only served as treasurer of the company.

KPK spokesman Johan Budi said on Sunday that investigators were still tracing Anas’ illegal assets. However, Johan refused to discuss Nazaruddin’s allegations.

“I will have to verify the information with investigators first. At this point the only thing I can disclose is that we are tracing his assets,” Johan said.

Anas was accused of violating articles 3 and 4 of the 2010 Money Laundering Law and articles 3 and 6 of the 2003 Money Laundering Law, which carry a combined maximum 20 years’ imprisonment.

The use of the 2003 Money Laundering Law indicates that Anas had allegedly laundered ill-gotten money during his time as a commissioner at the General Elections Commission (KPU) from 2001-2005.

The KPK has named Anas 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, PT Adhi Karya.

The antigraft body’s investigators also accused Anas of accepting Rp 2.2 billion from the same company to fund his campaign during the Dems congress in 2010, during which he was elected chairman.

In relation to Anas’ money laundering, last week, the KPK confiscated two plots of land — measuring 7,670 and 200 square meters each — in Mantrijeron district in Yogyakarta; three plots of land of undisclosed size, in Panggungharjo village, in Sewon subdistrict, Bantul regency, Yogyakarta; and a plot of land and a house on Jl. Duren Sawit, East Jakarta.

The KPK said that all the confiscated property was registered under the name of Anas’ father-in-law Attabik Ali, who is a senior cleric at Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama.

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