Neneng Not Tracked Entering Indonesia, Immigration Says
Rizky Amelia & Markus Junianto Sihaloho
Neneng Sri Wahyuni, a formerly fugitive corruption suspect who was arrested on Wednesday, left no paper trail as she made her way back to Indonesia this week.
“The name in question does not exist in the data, and is not listed at the immigration crossings,” the spokesman for the Indonesian immigration office, Maryoto Sumadi, said on Thursday.
Maryoto said inspections of data from the immigration offices at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and in Batam, Riau Islands, found no documentation of Neneng’s recent return to Jakarta.
According to Maryoto, the latest record of Neneng, the wife of high-profile graft convict Muhammad Nazaruddin, was of her departure from Indonesia in May 2011.
On Wednesday, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested Neneng at her South Jakarta home.
Neneng had reportedly departed from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Batam, KPK deputy chairman Bambang Widjojanto said at a press conference on Wednesday evening.
Neneng was suspected of using a sea route to enter Batam on Tuesday. After arriving in Batam, Neneng reportedly stayed overnight at the Batam Center Hotel.
The following day, Neneng departed using Citilink Airlines to Soekarno-Hatta and landed at 11:30 a.m. The KPK team then trailed Neneng from the airport to her residence in Pejatan, South Jakarta.
At 2:30 p.m., Neneng arrived at her house and was arrested by the KPK.
“The arrest was made quickly and there was no resistance because there were only three people in the house, namely Neneng and two aides,” Bambang said.
Ahmad Basarah, a politician with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), said Neneng’s “peculiar” arrest highlighted shortcomings of Indonesia’s intelligence agency and immigration office.
He questioned why Neneng was only arrested on Wednesday in Jakarta, when she had entered Indonesia through Batam the day prior.
“We must question why they are so weak? What if those entering Indonesia [undetected] are prominent terrorists or high-profile international drug traffickers?” Ahmad said on Wednesday.
Neneng is suspected of allegedly acting as the broker of a solar energy project contract worth Rp 8.9 billion ($940,000).
The project was awarded to Alfindo Nuratama, which then subcontracted it to other companies. The KPK has estimated state financial losses in the scandal totaling Rp 3.8 billion.