Haeril Halim, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Wed, January 08 2014, 8:14 AM
Former Democratic Party (PD) chairman Anas Urbaningrum, who has been named a suspect in the Hambalang graft case, failed to answer a Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summons for the second time on Tuesday.
Anas’ lawyer, Firman Wijaya, said his client believed the summons was unclear. “Anas is always ready to come to the KPK, but the phrase in the summons letter saying he will be questioned in relation to ‘other projects’ is speculative and unclear. We demand that the KPK get rid of the phrase first,” Firman told reporters at KPK headquarters on Tuesday.
Anas was first summonsed as a suspect on July 31 last year. He was accused of accepting money from a company that won the tender for the construction of a sports complex in Hambalang, West Java.
Firman said it was peculiar for the KPK to say that Anas was involved in corruption in “other projects” without elaborating. “It is clear that Anas’ status as a suspect is doubtful. But he respects the legal process [including his possible detention]. Justice should be put above everything,” Firman said on Friday.
Another of Anas’ lawyers, Indra Nathan Kusnadi, said he had sent a letter to the KPK requesting an explanation of the phrase on Aug. 14, 2013 but he had not yet received a reply.
“When the second summons came, I also sent the same request to the KPK to explain what the phrase ‘other projects’ means. We are waiting for the KPK’s reply first, then we will talk about whether Anas should come or not,” he said.
Anas’ no-show angered KPK chairman Abraham Samad, who said that he would instruct investigators to bring in Anas by force if he failed to meet the third summons. “For sure I will issue a summons to him [again]. Mark my words, I am warning Anas that, should he fail to meet another summons, I will instruct investigators to bring him in with force.”
KPK spokesman Johan Budi said that Anas’ lawyers had met with investigators of the Hambalang case on Tuesday at KPK headquarters to talk about their complaints regarding the phrase. “I do not know the content of their conversation, but they did meet today,” Johan said on Tuesday.
Ma’mun Murod, the spokesman of the Indonesian Movement Association (PPI), which was established by Anas, said that KPK deputy chairman Bambang Widjojanto visited Cikeas on Monday, referring to PD chairman President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s private residence in West Java.
“The information we received is that Bambang visited Cikeas at 2 p.m. with Deputy Law and Human Rights Minister [Denny Indrayana],” Ma’mun said, adding that, “there is a dirty war in the legal process of implicating Anas”. He said that it was peculiar for the KPK deputy chief to pay a visit to Cikeas prior to the questioning on Tuesday.
Responding to the accusation, Bambang alleged that it was slander and an attempt to politicize Anas’ case and hamper the Hambalang probe.