Rizky Amelia &SP/Novianti Setuningsih
Graft suspect Neneng Sri Wahyuni entered Indonesia from Malaysia via an illegal route that is normally used by Indonesian migrant workers, said her attorney, Hotman Paris Hutapea.
Neneng was named a suspect for her alleged roles in a graft-ridden solar energy procurement project of the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry in August 2011. She was acting as the finance director of Anugerah Nusantara, the company that won the project.
But she had already fled the country in May 2011 with her husband, Muhammad Nazaruddin, the owner of Anugerah Nusantara’s holding company. Nazaruddin has since been convicted of graft.
Hotman said Neneng was advised to take the route by her travel agent in Malaysia. He said Neneng had to take the illegal route because she did not have any legal travel documents.
“She returned to Indonesia via Batam without any documents. She didn’t forge a passport and it’s true that she didn’t come in through a legal route,” said Hotman.
The Justice and Human Rights Ministry’s immigration director general Bambang Irawan said Neneng could face a one-year prison sentence and a fine of up to Rp 100 million ($10,700) for violating the immigration law.
The law requires a person to have proper immigration documents and to enter the country through legal channels.
Bambang said that there were no immigration records of her entering the country through legal gateways.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested Neneng on Wednesday along with two Malaysian nationals, Razmi bin Muhammad Yusof and Hasan bin Kushi, believed to have assisted her while she was on the run.
But her other attorney , Elza Syarief, said on Friday that Neneng does not know the two Malaysians, who were detained by the KPK for obstructing justice.
The KPK detained the pair late on Thursday after questioning them for more than 24 hours.
KPK spokesman Johan Budi said on Thursday night that the two will be detained for 20 days.
“The KPK leadership board decided to name the two persons as suspects based on the evidence that we have,” KPK chairman Abraham Samad said.
Neneng is believed to have family living in Malaysia because she had been hiding out there ever since her husband was arrested in Cartagena, Colombia, on Aug. 7 last year following a large-scale international manhunt.
An anonymous source said on Friday that Neneng had not left Malaysia since she entered the country last August.
The source said that Neneng has family in Malaysia that thwarted KPK efforts to pinpoint her whereabouts and that her three children are currently under the care of other family members in Malaysia.
Neneng is one of several high-profile graft fugitives to have returned to Indonesia recently.