Hambalang Update: Audit Points to ‘Clear’ Graft

By webadmin on 02:37 pm Jul 16, 2012
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Markus Junianto Sihaloho

A Supreme Audit Agency investigatory audit concerning the Hambalang sports center case has found a “clear” indication of corruption, an official said on Saturday.

Bahrullah, an official with the audit agency known as the BPK, said the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) would follow up on the findings.

“It’s clear [that there was corruption],” he said. “The KPK will announce more details later. The BPK doesn’t have the capacity to talk about legal action.”

Bahrullah declined to provide any other details.

Last week, KPK deputy chairman Busyro Muqoddas said that although the KPK had yet to find any violations in the Rp 2.5 trillion ($265 million) project, there were indications that wrong-doing had taken place.

“It’s certainly strange. [The figure grew] from Rp 100 billion to Rp 200 billion to Rp 1.2 trillion. And then there was an additional Rp 1.4 trillion which brings it to Rp 2.5 trillion,” Busyro said.

A committee of lawmakers tasked with solving the Hambalang sports center graft case have said they would summon the ministers of finance and youth and sports affairs to clarify issues related to the scandal.

The announcement, by lawmaker Zul Fadhlie, one of the members of the House of Representatives committee, came late last week after the KPK questioned Anny Ratnawati, the deputy finance minister, in relation to the case.

Anny, who was the Finance Ministry’s director general for budgeting when the alleged wrong-doing took place, was one of the people who signed off on the Hambalang project. The contract was awarded to Adhi Karya, a company with ties to former Democratic Party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin, who has since been convicted for graft.

Anny Ratnawati reportedly told KPK investigators that the Youth and Sports Ministry had violated procedure in signing the contract. The ministry should have waited for the Finance Ministry’s approval before holding a tender and awarding a contract, she said.