Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Anti-graft body questions minister, lawmakers

Anti-graft body questions minister, lawmakers

The Jakarta Post , Jakarta Mon, 06/09/2008

Four former Commission IX members, including current Forestry Minister Malam Sambat Ka'ban, were questioned Monday in relation to the embezzlement of Bank Indonesia funds.

Ka'ban said that he was questioned by the Corruption Eradication Commission as a witness for Hamka Yandhu and Anthony Zeidra Abidin, who are both former members of the commission. Both Yandhu and Abidin are suspects the case involving the illegal disbursement Rp 100 billion (US$10.8 million) from the central bank in 2003-2004.

"I don't know anything about the money disbursement to members of the commission. I wasn't actively involved in the commission," he said after being questioned for more than three hours.

The three other former members of the House of Representatives Commission IX, which oversaw financial affairs, Burhanuddin Aritonang, Emir Muis and Habil Matari had similar claims to Ka'ban. Muis and Matari are current members of the House's Commission XI.

In 2006, the Supreme Audit Agency said it discovered the misappropriation of funds, alleging that some Rp 31.5 billion was given to more than 10 members of Commission IX during the amendment of the central bank law.