KPK Seizes Tables and Chairs from PDI-P Lawmaker in Hambalang Investigation

Antigraft investigators seized two tables and four chairs from the North Sulawesi residence of former House of Representatives budget committee leader Olly Dondokambey, on suspicion that he received the furniture as a gift from a suspect in the ongoing Hambalang corruption case.

“The investigators said the [furniture is] valued at dozens of millions of rupiah,” said Corruption Eradication Comission (KPK) spokesman Johan Budi SP.

The KPK searched Olly’s house in Kolongan Village, in the North Minahasa district, for almost six hours on Wednesday.

Olly has not been named a suspect — the search was connected to Teuku Bagus Mokhamad Noor, former director of state-owned construction firm Adhi Karya, Johan said.

The KPK said that the wooden furniture was antique, and that based on their information, it was similar to a set that was included in the alleged Hambalang graft, as a part of a kickback that Adhi Karya used to secure a contract to build the sports complex in 2012, at a time when Olly was the treasurer of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

Former Democratic Party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin has accused leaders of the House Budget Committee (Banggar), including Olly, of accepting kickbacks in connection to the Hambalang project.

“There is no such thing. It is not true,” Olly told Indonesian news portal Detik.com, of the gifts the budget committee supposedly received.

Teuku, who was named a suspect in the corruption case, said that Adhi Karya had paid Rp 80 billion to win a contract for the Rp 2.5 trillion sports center construction project in West Java. The KPK alleges that the company bribed former Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum and other legislators to snag the lucrative deal.

The KPK searched Olly’s house on Wednesday, after a delay caused by the leak to local media of a confidential Manado district court search warrant request — this would be the first time the anticorruption body has faced a leak of a search-warrant release.

Johan said KPK would send a team to Manado to investigate the leak. He said that whoever let the information out could face criminal charges because it had interfered with the investigation.