Investigators Raid Neneng’s Parent’s House for Evidence
Rizky Amelia & Ezra Sihite
Anti-corruption officials raided the home of key graft suspect Neneng Sri Wahyuni’s parents on Friday, as part of an investigation that many believe could implicate some of the country’s top politicians.
“We have finished examining the house as of now,” said Johan Budi, a spokesman for the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
The KPK also investigated a hotel in Batam where Neneng, who is the wife of graft convict Muhammad Nazaruddin, stayed before flying to Jakarta, he said.
According to Johan, the KPK was trying to find evidence linking her to other cases involving her husband. He refused to give further details.
In August 2011, the KPK named Neneng a graft suspect for allegedly causing state losses of Rp 2.7 billion ($286,000) in a solar power project involving Alfindo Nuratama, a company owned by Nazaruddin.
While Neneng was declared a suspect for her alleged roles in a relatively small case, many have said she could have information about several larger scams involving her husband, the former Democratic Party treasurer.
The scandals include the construction of the Rp 2.5 trillion Hambalang sports center in Bogor and the Southeast Asia Games athlete’s village in Palembang.
Many members of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democrats, including party chairman Anas Urbaningrum and Youth and Sports Affairs Minister Andi Mallarangeng, have been implicated by witnesses in the cases.
Both Anas and Andi have repeatedly denied the accusations of kickbacks.
Observers have said that Neneng could give the KPK enough fresh evidence against Anas and Andi to name them suspects and mount a prosecution.
According to Uchok Sky Khadafi, from the Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency (Fitra), Neneng has information on who received money from the Permai Group.
The company was allegedly founded by Anas and Nazaruddin to collect money they received from acting as brokers in dozens of state procurement projects. Neneng was the Permai Group’s financial director.
Also on Friday, the KPK questioned Neneng in relation to the role of two Malaysian nationals, Razmi Bin Muhammad Yusof and Hasan Bin Kushi, who were arrested with her last week, said Priharsa, a KPK spokesman.