Former Bank Indonesia Senior Deputy Governor Miranda S. Goeltom will be detained for 20 days by the country’s anti-graft agency for investigation purposes, Zulkarnain, one of the chairmen at the agency, told reporters in Jakarta today.
Miranda was questioned for seven hours on Friday by investigators from the Anticorruption Commission (KPK), following its naming her a suspect in late January in the vote-buying that has sent over 30 current and former lawmakers to jail.
The lawmakers were convicted of receiving bribes in the form of traveler’s checks worth a total of Rp 20.8 billion ($2.2 million) to support Miranda in the election for senior deputy governor of Bank Indonesia in 2004.
“I accept this detention because I understand it is the KPK’s right and obligation to detain me during the investigation process in a case where I have been named a suspect,” Miranda told reporters as she walked toward the KPK detention center in Kuningan, South Jakarta, after her questioning at KPK headquarters there. She was escorted by police and KPK officers.
The KPK may extend Miranda’s detention by another 40 days if needed, Zulkarnain said.
Nunun Nurbaeti, who has already been convicted in the case, told the Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court during her trial that Miranda had asked to be introduced to lawmakers prior to her BI appointment.
Nunun, the wife of former National Police deputy chief Adang Darodjatun, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail earlier this month after she was found guilty of funneling the Rp 20.8 billion of traveler’s checks to lawmakers.
Miranda, a professor in economics at the University of Indonesia, has denied the accusations, saying that while she did meet with several lawmakers, she only asked them to avoid personal inquiries during her “fit and proper” test.
Bloomberg, BeritaSatu, JG