Friday, November 06, 2009

Ka'ban denied police allegations, who's lying?

Former forestry minister MS Ka'ban (2004-2009) denied allegations that he took Rp17 billion bribery in relation to the investigation on PT Masaro Radiokom (owned by Anggoro Widjojo) scandal. He also denied the police's theory about his close relationship with suspended KPK leader Chandra M. Hamzah.
Police Chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri mentioned at least twice yesterday about MS Kaban and Chandra M. Hamzah. First, he informed Team 8, established by President SBY about the flow of funds to MS Ka'ban. Second, he indirectly confirmed about that in a hearing with House Commission III. 
MetroTV interviewed Ka'ban saying "I never received Rp17 billion, and I don't know Chandra M Hamzah."
Ka'ban was a big supporter of SBY-Boediono. He declared the Pro SBY Movement (GPS) which campaigned for SBY-Boediono in the presidential election. Ka'ban is still the chairman of Crescent Star Party (PBB), which failed to get parliamentary seat.
In an effort to strengthen the Ka'ban-Chandra "conspiracy", police then mentioned the relationship between Ka'ban and Chandra where Ka'ban was the witness for Chandra's wedding with Nadia, daughter of the late respected Moslem leader Nurcholis Madjid (Cak Nur). 
But Ka'ban denied that. Worse, Nurcholis' wife Omi Komaria denied and condemned police chief Hendarso. She said Ka'ban was not even invited for the wedding ceremony. "I'm so sad learning the statement from Police Chief about the late Cak Nur and Nadia," Omi said.
Chandra's lawyer also deplored Police statement on the issue. published an article titled "Police Chief is alleged of spreading gossip."

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