KPK Calls University Heads in Investigation Linked to Angelina, Nazaruddin

By webadmin on 09:32 pm Jun 21, 2012
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Novianti Setuningsih

The Corruption Eradication Commission on Tuesday continued its probe of another corruption case implicating graft suspect Angelina Sondakh.

The Democratic Party lawmaker has been named a suspect for allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for rigging the contract for the construction of the Southeast Asian Games athletes’ village last year.

Last week, the commission known as the KPK began investigating another case said to involve Angelina, this time for alleged bribery linked to various university construction projects worth Rp 600 billion ($64 million).

KPK spokesman Priharsa Nugraja said investigators on Tuesday summoned Muhammad Basir, the rector of Tadulako University in Central Sulawesi, as well as H.B. Tetelapta, the rector of Pattimura University in Maluku.

“Both were questioned as witnesses for A.S.,” Priharsa said, referring to Angelina by her initials.

The KPK on Monday summoned Usman Rianse, the rector of Haluoleo University in Southeast Sulawesi, but he failed to come in for questioning.

Last week, the KPK questioned Herry Suhardiyanto, the rector of the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB).

Herry’s lawyer, Nazarudin Lubis, said Angelina and Muhammad Nazaruddin, another high-profile Democrat and a graft convict, came to Herry’s office and offered a kickback for awarding a construction project to a certain bidder.

He said Angelina and Nazaruddin also promised to help Herry get government approval for the full amount of desired funding, Rp 40 billion, but Herry refused the offer.

Nazaruddin has been convicted of taking bribes to rig the contract for the construction of the SEA Games village.

That scandal tarnished the image of the Democratic Party, the most popular party in the 2009 election.

In recent polls, it has trailed in third place behind the Golkar Party and the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

Last week, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Democratic advisory board chairman, blamed the party’s plummeting popularity on recent graft cases.

The SEA Games scandal also served as another blow to the House of Representatives, which has been listed as the most corrupt institution in the country by several antigraft watchdogs.’

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