KPK Brings Hambalang Graft Case Back to Table


NOVEMBER 24, 2016

Jakarta. Antigraft agency KPK has brought the notorious Hambalang graft case back to the the table after a year of delay with investigators questioning suspect Andi Zulkarnaen "Choel" Mallarangeng on Thursday (24/11).

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokeswoman Yuyuk Andrianti said Choel — the brother of former sports minister and graft convict Andi Alfian Mallarangeng — was questioned for his alleged involvement in the 2010 bid-rigging and bribery case surrounding the construction of the Hambalang sports complex in Bogor, West Java, south of the capital.

He was named suspect in the case on Dec. 21, 2015 and had been questioned once by antigraft investigators on Jan. 15, 2016.

Choel was accused of helping his brother Andi take $839,000 in bribes from a company called Global Daya Manunggal, one of the subcontractors in the project.

Choel had reportedly held meetings with other suspects in the case on behalf of his brother, who at the time was serving as youth and sports minister. Andi is currently serving a four-year prison term.

The antigraft agency had not put a hand on the Hambalang graft case since January due to an ongoing e-KTP corruption investigation, deputy chairman Laode M. Syarif said last week. He promised the agency will continue interrogating the other suspects in the case soon.