Friday, 29 June, 2012 | 01:23 WIB
KPK Investigates Democrats' Source for Cash
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:Hambalang was not the only issue, Democrat Party Chair Anas Urbaningrum was also bombarded with questions about his party. "I explained the party's overall management, including its financial management, origins of its funds, accountability reports, and their audits," Anas said yesterday after being questioned by KPK.
Anas did not explain in more detail the source of money for his party. He did mention that the investigators asked about all sorts of matters pertaining to the party, from its structure to the tasks of each board member. "General chairman, secretary-general, as well as other administrators," he said.
Before being fired, former party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin once reported the party’s financial condition to Anas on May 18, 2011. Nazaruddin, who knew the financial ins and outs, reported that party revenues from June 1, 2010 to May 15, 2011 reached Rp35.87 billion. According to him, the initial cash balance was merely Rp1.54 billion. He contributed Rp13.9 billion; Mirwan Amir, Rp9.2 billion; Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono, Rp2.2 billion; and Anas Urbaningrum, Rp300 million.
Nazaruddin said most of the money came from illegal sources and he named them. According to Nazaruddin, at the time a member of the House Commission on Budget, his own contribution came from donations for his role in overseeing projects in the State Budget Amendment of 2011.
Mirwan, the then Vice Chairman of the Budget House of Representatives, was the second largest contributor following Nazaruddin. The entrepreneur's contributions did not come out of his own pockets. Nazaruddin claimed that the Rp9.2 billion from Mirwan was the party’s portion for approving the procurement of 15 MA 60 aircrafts from Xi'an Aircraft, China, worth U.S. $220 million for PT Merpati Nusantara in the House Budget Commission in August two years ago.
To Tempo some time ago, Mirwan denied the allegations. "That's a lie. He was the one who wanted to be the broker." A number of high officials in the party have also repeatedly denied Nazaruddin’s version of the financial statement.
Nazaruddin also mentioned that the party received money from the Hambalang project. But he did not have the details. He only asserted that Anas was showered with money by PT Adhi Karya, Hambalang project contractor, through Machfud Suroso, business colleague of Anas’ wife, Athiyyah Laila.
According to him, from the Rp100 billion that Adhi Karya spent, a total of Rp50 billion went into the Democrat Party Convention in Bandung in 2010 to ensure Anas’ victory. Asked about this, Anas replied, "No such thing. Fiction. Hallucination. "