Former Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum has denied reports that three years ago he met with senior police officer Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo, a suspect in a driving simulator graft case, to discuss the budget for the procurement of police simulator equipment.
“The meeting with Djoko never existed,” Anas said after he was interrogated by Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators on Friday. Media reports had alleged that the pair met at the King Crab restaurant in the Sudirman area of South Jakarta in 2010.
Anas confirmed that he was asked by investigators whether the meeting had occurred.
Anas said he told investigators he had never taken part in discussions about the National Police’s budget.
“Basically I came to provide any information that I hold. On the things that I don’t know about, especially about the simulator [case], I answered I really had no idea,” Anas said.
According to a report in the Koran Tempo daily on Friday, Anas was one of the lawmakers that took part in a 2010 meeting to discuss parliamentary approval for the driving simulator procurement budget.
The meeting was allegedly attended by Democratic Party politicians Saan Mustofa and Muhammad Nazaruddin, as well as Djoko, the former head of the National Police Traffic division, Teddy Rusmawan, the former deputy chief of the National Police Traffic division, and Budi Susanto from Citra Mandiri Metalindo.
Another meeting, according to Koran Tempo, allegedly also took place at South Jakarta’s Dharmawangsa Hotel and was allegedly attended by Djoko, Teddy, Nazaruddin, Anas and Saan as well as Democratic Party lawmakers Benny K. Harman, and I Gede Pasek Suardika.
Saan, the Democratic Party’s deputy secretary general, denied the allegation that he attended the meeting.
“That’s slander. … What’s been described is not a reality,” said Saan, who accompanied Anas to the KPK.
Saan said he did not receive any money from the driving simulator project budget.
During one of the 2010 meetings, Nazaruddin was reported to have asked for a 12 percent commission from the total budget approved by the lawmakers.
According to Koran Tempo, Teddy, who was in charge of the driving simulator project procurement, was alleged to have handed out gifts to the politicians after the meeting, including Rp 4 billion ($412,000) in cash for Nazaruddin, plus more US dollars for the Democratic Party.
Teddy was also alleged to have given money to other political parties. According to the newspaper, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politicians allegedly received Rp 2 billion, which was sent to lawmaker Herman Herry’s office. The Golkar Party allegedly received Rp 4 billion, given to legislators Aziz Syamsuddin and Bambang Soesatyo.
Djoko, then head of the National Police traffic unit, was arrested for allegedly accepting Rp 2 billion in bribes in exchange for awarding the Rp 198 billion driving simulators procurement contract to an unqualified company.
The KPK has seized dozens of assets said to belong to the embattled police general, including 10 houses.