Anas Wants Hambalang Graft Case to Be ‘Free From Politics’
Chairman of Democratic Party Anas Urbaningrum asked people on Wednesday to stop injecting politics into the investigation of the graft-laden Hambalang Sport Center project.
“We should follow the process painstakingly and objectively in a way to keep this legal process on the right track,” Anas said as he arrived at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) office for a second round of questioning.
Anas also said he hoped the commission would speed up the investigation to clear his name.
“I hope Hambalang [investigation] process can be done quickly and totally so that my status is clear,” Anas said. “The KPK can then move on to other cases.”
But Anas’ case has stemmed from his political position — and his party. He was accused by former Democratic treasurer and fellow party member Muhammad Nazaruddin for receiving a kickback of Rp 100 billion ($10.7 million) from construction company Adhi Karya in relation to the Hambalang project.
Nazaruddin also accused Anas of using the money for his campaign for the party’s chairman slot.
Anas’ plight has also been called an anchor to the Democratic Party’s integrity. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono recently said that members alleged involvement in corruption has caused the party’s popularity to sink.
Yudhoyono, who is the head of Democratic Party’s advisory board, said that party members who could not keep themselves away from corruption should resign.
Though Yudhoyono did not mention Anas by name, senior party member Ruhut Sitompul said that Yudhoyono was specifically referring to Anas, among several other members.