Friday, 06 July, 2012 | 21:51 WIB
ZULKARNAEN ALLEGEDLY COLLUDED WITH NAZARUDDIN
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:Golkar Party politician, Zulkarnaen Djabar, might have received Rp1 billion from former Democrat Party Treasurer M. Nazaruddin. The transaction was recorded by Yulianis, Finance Director of Nazaruddin’s Permai Group.
Zulkarnaen, member of the Commission of Religious Affairs and the Budget Committee (Banggar) of the House of Representatives (DPR), has been named a suspect in the bribery case related to the procurements of the Al-Quran and a laboratory at a madrassah tsanawiyah laboratory for the Ministry of Religious Affairs. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has charged Zulkarnaen and his son, Dendy Prasetya, with accepting bribes from the two projects worth Rp4 billion.
Nazaruddin has been sentenced to 4 years 10 months’ imprisonment in the Athlete Village bribery case.
The deposit was posted for January 24, 2010. Coded MK2/11/02/2401, the funds were to support Zulkarnaen in the Commission of Religious Affairs and another person. "The data (Permai’s financial records) have been submitted to KPK," Yulianis said when contacted by Tempo, Wednesday, July 5, 2012.
Coordinator of Indonesia Corruption Watch, Danang Widoyoko, suspects the flow of money from Nazaruddin to Zulkarnaen as a collusion between the two politicians. According to Danang, the money was intended to ensure the success of certain projects and their budgets being discussed in the House. "It makes sense to suspect a collusion between the two," he said.
The Permai Group is known for winning projects at the Ministry of Religious Affairs. Through PT Anugrah Nusantara, for example, Nazaruddin won a science lab project worth Rp27.5 billion at a madrassah tsanawiyah. Danang has asked KPK to trace the flow of funds because other politicians may be involved.
Zulkarnaen is unavailable for questioning on the issue. His cellular phone is not active, and a short message texted to him remains unanswered. Nazaruddin refuses to answer questions posed by Tempo.
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