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Former Indonesian politician fled to Singapore

Charged for corruption, he is willing to undergo questioning here. -Jakarta Post/ANN

Sun, Jun 26, 2011
The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network

M. Nazaruddin, the former Democratic Party Treasurer who left Indonesia for Singapore the day before a travel ban was issued against him, would be willing to undergo questioning by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) at his lawyer's office in Singapore, his lawyer said.

Nazaruddin's Indonesian lawyer, O.C. Kaligis said his client was not willing to undergo questioning at the Indonesian embassy in Singapore because he was currently only a witness in the alleged bribery case involving the construction of an athlete's dormitory by the Youth and Sports Affairs Minsitry.

"This is for the sake of objectivity. Our client is a witness with civil rights," he said on Saturday as quoted by Tempointeraktif.com.

Kaligis added that the questioning, which was set to be held at the office of Nazarudin's Singaporean lawyer in the Shenton Way DBS building, would be fair, transparent and free from intervention.

He said that journalists would be allowed to monitor the questioning. "The KPK will be safe and free to question," he said.

He added that Nazaruddin hired another lawyer in Singapore due to his current position in the country and because of the need to negate the accusations against him. Kaligis identified the lawyers only as Peter and Walter.

According to Kaligis, Nazaruddin was willing to undergo questioning because he felt he was treated unfairly by the KPK and the Democratic Party.

Aside from the dormitory case, Nazaruddin is also suspected of being involved in graft concerning a project in the Education Minsitry and of an alleged attempt to bribe the Constitutional Court.

Kaligis said that Nazaruddin was currently preparing an affidavit for the cases. He said Nazaruddin claimed that the Democratic Party already knew the purpose of the money allegedly meant for the Constitutional Court.

Nazaruddin would uncover all the money-channeling processes in the Democratic Party in his affidavit, Kaligis said. "He knows [about the cash flow] since he is the treasurer." he said.

 
 
 
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