House Gets Behind Marzuki In Denouncing Bribe Claim
Markus Junianto Sihaloho
House Deputy Speaker Pramono Anung has lashed out at suspended lawmaker Wa Ode Nurhayati for accusing House Speaker Marzuki Alie and other legislative leaders of taking bribes.
“That’s not true. The leaders have no connection with the House Budget Committee. Let the facts prove that in court,” Pramono said on Thursday at the House of Representatives.
Wa Ode claimed that she had data showing that House leaders had taken kickbacks through a series of code names.
Wa Ode accused Marzuki of taking Rp300 billion ($31.8 million) and deputy speakers and budget committee leaders of receiving Rp250 billion each.
Pramono demanded Wa Ode prove her allegations by disclosing the data.
“She should not just make accusations without any evidence to support it. If there is, go ahead [and disclose it],” said the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician.
Marzuki has also denied the bribery allegation. “She’s making accusations like a drunk,” he said on Wednesday.
He argued that if he really did take the money, then the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) would have certainly picked up on a such suspicious transfer given the large amount of money involved.
Wa Ode’s lawyer and sister, Wa Ode Nur Zaenab, said she would challenge the indictment, claiming Nurhayati was the victim of a budget Committee conspiracy.
“If [the challenge] is rejected, let the witnesses reveal the games played at the Budget Committee,” she said, adding that she planned to call Marzuki to testify.
“This case began when Marzuki requested the PPATK to scrutinize Wa Ode’s account,” Zaenab said.
Wa Ode is accused of taking Rp 6.9 billion in bribes from three districts in Aceh in exchange for helping them get Rp 40 billion in development funding in 2011.
She faces money-laundering charges that carry a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) found that Wa Ode laundered a total of Rp 50.6 billion through her Bank Mandiri account in Jakarta.
“She deposited money several times in an account under her name, totalling Rp 50.6 billion,” prosecutors said in their indictment on Wednesday.
“She then transferred, moved, shopped and paid bills from the money in the account, which was believed to be amassed as a result of crime.”