JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Officials of the Golkar party have returned their money with a total value of Rp 700 million to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah said the money would be derived from the proceeds of a criminal act of alleged corruption in connection with the case of a construction project for power plants in Riau.
Here are some facts behind the reimbursement:
1. Called related to the National Conference of Golkar
The defendant of this case and the Vice-President of the House of Representatives Commission VII Eni Maulani Saragih said that the 700 million Rp transferred to the KPK was the money used to finance the event of the Extraordinary National Conference ( Munaslub) 2017 in Golkar.
The money, he said, was returned by the Munaslub commission.
"It came from the National Conference Committee, which they gradually returned," said the former treasurer of Golkar's national army after being examined on Friday (09/09/2018) in the KPK building in Jakarta.
"It provides evidence that indeed the Rp.2 billion is for the Golkar National Conference," continued Eni.
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2. Called in relation to the general chairman
Eni acknowledged that the money he received related to the PLTU construction project in Riau was related to the chairman of the Golkar party.
However, Eni did not mention the chairman who ordered him to receive money.
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3. Returns are recommended by Novanto
The lawyer of Setya Novanto, said Maqdir Ismail, his customer was the one who suggested that Golkar would return the money owned by the shareholder of Blackgold Natural Resources Limited, Johannes Budisutrisno Kotjo.
According to Maqdir, Novanto initially received information about receiving the money from Eni.
At that time, Novanto met Eni, both of whom were in the detention center of the Corruption Eradication Committee (KPK).
"In his statement, Ms. Eni told Mr. Novanto, there is evidence of Pak Kotjo's use of money for the party's interests," Maqdir said. Kompas.com, Sunday (9/9/2018).
According to Maqdir, in order to avoid problems for the party, Novanto suggested to Eni to coordinate with the Golkar party's managers to pay back money.
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4. Refuted by Airlangga
Golkar group leader Airlangga Hartarto previously denied the alleged stream of bribes in the Riau PLTU 1 project to the national Golkar party conference in 2017.
"With regard to funds for the Golkar party, the results of the information and the statement from the OC Chairman, Mr. Agus Gumiwang, said there were none," said Airlangga at the DPP office of Golkar, Jakarta, Monday (27-08-2018).
"And of the chairman of the organizing Munaslub committee (also) not available, and of the Golkar treasurer there is no (cash flow to the national conference of the Golkar party)," he continued.
5. Golkar is ready to be checked
Meanwhile, Golkar Party Secretary-General Lodewijk Freidrich Paul asserted that his party was ready to be checked to prove whether or not the supposed cash flow of Rp 2 billion was suspected.
"Certainly if that (ready to be checked), people are going to see if it is there or not.The name is munaslub, we call it our budget source based on the AD / ART that regulates," said Lodewijk on Rumah Cemara 19, Jakarta, Tuesday (28-08-2018).
"That is the member's contribution, if there is someone playing it, we want to check if there is someone," he continued.
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6. Confiscated by the KPK
Regarding the reimbursement of 700 million Rp, KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said his party seized the money with the aim of investigating the alleged corruption case in the Riau PLTU-1 development.
"For repayments worth around Rp 700 million and the information provided, the money was confiscated and included in the file," said Febri in the KPK building in Jakarta, Friday (09/09/2018).
According to Febri, the money reportedly from the proceeds of corruption was reportedly used previously for activities within the Golkar party.
"Because there used to be evidence, there was a statement stating the alleged use of money for the activities of one political party," Febri said.
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