Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is tracking the wealth and assets of former Supreme Court secretary Nurhadi Abdurrahman, who is a suspect in a bribery case.
Nurhadi and his son-in-law, Rezky Herbiyono, were named as suspects for allegedly accepting nine checks and Rp 46 billion (US$3.2 million) in cash as bribes in connection with three Supreme Court cases between 2011 and 2016.
KPK commissioner Nawawi Pomolanggo told the Koran Tempo daily that the antigraft agency would continue to investigate Nurhadi's wealth and assets, as well as possible laundering efforts.
"We will continue to [track his wealth] during the investigation," Nawawi said on Monday.
According to the wealth report Nurhadi filed in 2012, he possessed Rp 33.4 billion in assets that ranged from land to luxury cars. Antigraft activists expressed their suspicions over his unusually large wealth, suggesting that some of it came from illicit sources.
Nawawi declined to comment further, "considering that this investigation is in the realm of pro justitia, which is strict and confidential", he said, referring to a mechanism that guarantees legal certainty according to existing laws.
Since arresting the two suspects earlier this month, the KPK has summoned several witnesses in the case, including Nurhadi's wife Tin Zuraida. The KPK summoned Tin, who has also been detained but is not a suspect in the case, for questioning on Monday.
Ali Fikri, the KPK's acting spokesperson for law enforcement, said that the commission sought to confirm several receipts of money that Tin transferred to Nurhadi and several assets the couple owned.
The investigation was also looking into Tin's relation with Kardi, a Supreme Court employee who allegedly managed some of Tin's wealth.
"Among other things, our investigator is looking to [clarify] the ties between [Tin] and Kardi," Ali said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.
Earlier on June 10, the KPK summoned Kardi and his driver for questioning. On June 15, it questioned businessman Sofyan Rosada and obtained a statement from him that substantiated the connection between Tin and Kardi.
Meanwhile, Indonesian Anticorruption Community coordinator Boyamin Saiman stated that Tin and Kardi had eloped in 2001, alleging that the wedding was held at an Islamic boarding school belonging to Sofyan.
Also on Monday, the KPK questioned Edward Danny Suhendra, an employee of San Diego Hills Memorial Park, regarding the alleged purchase of cemetery plots for Nurhadi and Tin. investigators also summoned Andy Kurniawan, the general manager of the luxury funeral home and cemetery.
The memorial park and cemetery provides exclusive funeral services, and sells burial plots for Rp 57.1 million to Rp 101.7 million each at the private cemetery it manages in Karawang regency, West Java.
Hiendra Soenjoto, the director of PT Multicon Indrajaya Terminal who is also a suspect in the case, allegedly purchased the plots for the couple as a bribe when Nurhadi was still on the run.
Antigraft activists have urged the KPK to identify those parties that may have helped hide Nurhadi, who was arrested in South Jakarta six months after he was named as a bribery suspect. It was suspected that Nurhadi had been hiding in the luxury neighborhood the entire time.
During Nurhadi's arrest, the KPK seized three vehicles, cash and documents as evidence. The commission questioned Nurhadi's daughter Rizki Aulia Rahmi on June 18 over the seized items.
The KPK has said that it planned to charge Nurhadi with money laundering.
Bambang Widjojanto, who served as the KPK commissioner from 2011 to 2015, previously said that proving Tin's involvement in the case could lead to money laundering charges, claiming that she managed and couriered Nurhadi's illicitly gained wealth.
Bambang also suggested that Nurhadi and Rezky could have been involved in more than three Supreme Court cases, as Nurhadi's position allowed him to control the judicial flow at the country's highest court.
He urged the KPK to use Nurhadi's bribery investigation as an opportunity to uncover other corruption cases in the judiciary. (mfp)