Graft suspect Neneng Sri Wahyuni said on Monday that she misses her husband, graft convict Muhammad Nazaruddin. The two have been separated for more than nine months, since he was arrested in Cartagena, Colombia, in August of last year.
“Of course I miss him,” Neneng said before returning to the detention center of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) after being questioned for six hours by the antigraft body. “He is my husband.”
Rufinus Hutauruk, Neneng’s lawyer, said one reason his client returned to Indonesia was because she missed her husband and family. He said Neneng had asked the KPK to give her time to meet with her husband, who is now serving out a sentence at Cipinang Penitentiary in East Jakarta.
“One of the goals of the meeting is to discuss their children’s return [to Indonesia] from Malaysia because they would go to school this year,” Rufinus said.
In August 2011, the KPK named Neneng a graft suspect for allegedly causing state losses of Rp 2.7 billion in a solar power project involving Alfindo Nuratama, a company owned by Nazaruddin.
She has been a fugitive for months after the KPK arrested her husband in Cartagena, but did not arrest her. Nazaruddin, in an effort to keep his wife out of jail, earlier tried to negotiate with the KPK, saying that she would return only if the KPK agreed to put her under house arrest for the sake of their children.
The KPK refused to consider Nazaruddin’s offer, and when Neneng returned to her home in Pejaten, South Jakarta on Wednesday of last week, authorities arrested her. Rufinus claims Neneng returned voluntarily because she wanted to surrender and missed her husband.
Questioned by the KPK on Monday, Neneng said she was not actively involved in Alfindo Nuratama, despite the fact that she was the company’s financial director. She told her lawyer that Nazaruddin only asked her to handle stationery for the company.