House Leaders Got Kickbacks, Wa Ode Insists In Court
SP/Novianti Setuningsih & Ezra Sihite
Suspended lawmaker Wa Ode Nurhayati on Tuesday stood by her accusations that leaders in the House of Representatives leaders and the House Budget Committee received kickbacks worth more than Rp 1.2 trillion ($127 million) from the Rp 7.7 trillion budgeted for regional infrastructure adjustment funds.
“The money was distributed and it didn’t go to me,” she told the Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court on Tuesday.
Wa Ode said the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) learned of the amount from a seized laptop, where the data showed payments of Rp 300 billion to a person under the code name K and Rp 250 billion each to four other people under the same code name. A smaller amount went to four other people under the code name P.
She said the amount was the same as the figure that should have been channeled to 126 regions, but the data was erased.
Wa Ode said she believed the people under the code name K were the House speaker and four deputy speakers, while the people under the code name P referred to Budget Committee leaders.
“I am only reading the investigation report on Nando, an expert staff at the Budget Committee. The KPK found a laptop in the Budget Committee’s room and asked Nando to explain it,” she said.
Although Nando told the KPK that the code name K referred to a coordinator, Wa Ode insisted that was not the case because the amount was bigger than those received by the Budget Committee leaders.
Wa Ode Nur Zaenab, the National Mandate Party (PAN) lawmaker’s sister and attorney, asked the court to put House Speaker Marzuki Alie on the witness stand.
She said Marzuki played a role in the case her sister was facing.
“We would like to summon Marzuki Alie because the case emerged after Marzuki asked the PPATK to scrutinize Wa Ode’s account and that’s breaking the law,” the lawyer said, referring to the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center.
Marzuki swore he didn’t receive Rp 300 billion in kickbacks. “I’ll swear in the name of God. Let me be cursed for seven generations, if necessary,” he proclaimed.
Marzuki said Wa Ode had to support her allegations with evidence by identifying who distributed the money, where it was given and the motive for the kickbacks.
Wa Ode said the KPK prosecutors built their case against her only based on assumptions and not facts. She said the case was built on information from one person, Haris Surahman.
She also insisted that the Rp 50 billion in her account came from investments. “All of the money in my private account was from my business and not from bribery,” she said.